UPDATED: Would You Sign a Petition to End the HOT Lanes?

Howard Rodgers is asking I-85 commuters fed up with traffic conditions since the inception of the I-85 express lanes to join his petition drive.

UPDATED OCT. 14 AT 5:35 A.M.

A Gwinnett County man is hoping a petition drive will fix some of the commuter problems the have caused since they went into effect Oct. 1.

Howard Rodgers plans to petition officials to stop HOT lane operations completely until a better solution is reached.

After commuters voiced their displeasure over the new HOT lanes, Gov. Nathan . Deal also has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to grant a waiver, reducing the number of passengers in a vehicle to qualify for a free ride in the express lane from three to two. Rodgers, however, does not want to wait for the feds to act and would like lane operations ended now.

In an interview with 11 Alive News, Rodgers said his quality of life has been negatively impacted by the implementation of the HOT lanes -- particularly in that he spends less time with his family because of the additional time he is force to spend in his commute.  He’s hoping other people feel the same way and will join him in the petition drive.

The "Stop the HOT lane" petition drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gwinnet Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville. For more information, email stopthehotlane@gmail.com.

The petition is also available online at Stop the Hot Lane.

Would you sign a petition to suspend the operation of the toll lanes? .

n October 16, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Absolutely not. I love the hot lanes b/c it cuts my commute in half, and it's worth it to me to pay $2-3/day to avoid almost two extra hours sitting in traffic...
Kristi Reed October 16, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Hi n - Your response raises a good question. How high could they raise the toll prices before it would no longer be worth it for you? Do you think the current price is the one commuters are most likely to accept or do you think the state could charge more?
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 21, 2011 at 03:12 AM
The truly sad part about this mess is, had "the powers to be" left the toll free traveler level at 2, they could have sold this ball of wax. Many years as I drove 85 as a single person, I thought they could charge for SINGLE seaters without a peep for three to six bucks. So the state takes the Let'em eat cake stance and gets greedy raising it to 3... and then tells us to "pound it" in a recession. Sonny wasn't perfect, but this was one concept he should have left in his GA State Patrol chopper training session and off his famous Sonny Do List. At least the Air Pollution shtick would have remained intact, now that has been shown for what it actually is. ( insert favorite slang word string here)
Jonathan Cates October 29, 2011 at 12:16 AM
End the toll lanes- free up the carpool lanes


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