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Peach Pass Registration Now Open

Electronic sticker will be commuter’s ticket to ride in the high occupancy toll lanes.

The free ride in the HOV lane is almost at an end.

Work to convert the HOV (high occupancy vehicle lanes) to HOT (high occupancy toll lanes) is almost complete. Motorists intending to travel in the HOT lanes may now register for the Peach Pass -- a small electronic sticker that will be used to bill motorists for their time in the toll lane.

For the past several months, . The $11.7 million project includes the installation of tolling technology and equipment, new signs and new sign structures along 16 miles of I-85 express lanes in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. The HOT lanes will run along I-85 between Shallowford Road and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and along State Route 316 between I-85 and Riverside Parkway.

Once the HOV to HOT lane conversion is complete, motorists traveling in the HOT lane must have a Peach Pass. Some vehicles -- transit buses, motorcycles, alternative fuel vehicles and vehicles with three or more passengers -- will be able to use the lanes for free. All other vehicles must pay a variably priced toll in order to use the HOT lane. Officials estimate tolls will vary between 10 and 90 cents per mile. All vehicles, including the ones exempt from the toll, must register for a Peach Pass with the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA).

To register for a Peach Pass, visit www.peachpass.com or call the Peach Pass Customer Service Center at1-855-PCH-PASS (724-7277). Motorists may also register in person at the following locations:

Department of Driver Services-Peach Pass Customer Service Center
2211 Beaver Ruin Road
Norcross, GA 30071

Department of Driver Services-Peach Pass Customer Service Center
310 Hurricane Shoals, NE
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Peach Pass Walk-up Center State Road and Tollway Authority
47 Trinity Avenue, Ground Floor
Atlanta, GA 30334

According to a SRTA release, the new HOT lanes will provide commuters with reliable trip times, additional travel choices and enhancements to bus transit service.

The HOT lanes are expected to open within the next few weeks.

Santa John Dreggors October 02, 2011 at 12:00 PM
I have been able to make good use of the lane in the past and find myself on this stretch of I-85 nearly daily. I use a Florida Sunpass when traveling in that state but I will not apply for a peachpass. It does not seem reasonable to me to charge a fare to the taxpayer for something he already owns.
Roger Hale October 02, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Santa, You are absolutely correct...it's not reasonable to charge the taxpayer for something they already own. It's also not reasonable to tell the taxpayer they can't use something they already own unless they change their lifestyle, that is two people minimum in the HOV lane. This is all just the usual government BS to fake solutions because they can't plan for or control development and growth. DOT...dumb on traffic!!!
Gary Fox October 02, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Time for civil disobedience - flood the stinkin thing with vehicles & melt down their computers.
Karen A October 02, 2011 at 02:30 PM
I will be riding free of charge in the HOT lane every day, commuting on the Xpress bus from Dacula. We need more public transportation options to get cars off the road and relieve the congestion. I don't think changing the HOV lane to a toll lane will take any cars off the road, but it will raise revenue from tickets issued to all of the confused commuters.
Kristi Reed (Editor) October 02, 2011 at 03:46 PM
"I don't think changing the HOV lane to a toll lane will take any cars off the road, but it will raise revenue from tickets issued to all of the confused commuters." - Good point Karen. Personally, I do not plan to register for a Peach Pass and I do not intend to pay to use a lane my tax dollars paid to build in the first place. If this had been a bond project, I would have had an easier time swallowing the notion of tolls. The fact that we paid millions to build the HOV lanes just to turn around and spend millions more to convert them to toll lanes bothers me.
Gail Young October 02, 2011 at 11:22 PM
I would ride the xpress bus if it would get me anywhere near my work place in buckhead/midtown. As it is now, it would take me 90 minutes and a bus change. Ridiculous. I have been sending complaint emails about he HOT lanes since the project was announced 2 years ago - the only response I've received are canned drivel, assuring me I'm too stupid to understand why the "really smart people" are doing this - for my own good of course. I plan to leave Gwinnett and the metro area as soon as possible... tired of these decisions. If I wanted this, I would have moved to Fulton or Dekalb...

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