9/20: Are HOT lanes a good idea for Georgia?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Tolls are coming to I-85 on Oct. 1. They’re also planned for I-75. But these will be different from Ga. 400’s one fee for every vehicle. These are the so-called HOT lanes — high-occupancy toll lanes.

The cost will vary according to demand for any car or truck carrying fewer than three people. The more congestion, the more you pay. And solo riders can participate, for a price.

Benita M. Dodd, vice president at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, writes that moving toward tolling more roads in state is inevitable and logical.

Brian Gist, an attorney in the Atlanta office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, does not think they are a good idea and writes that the goal should be better transportation for all, not just for select few.

Read what they have to say and give us your take on the HOT lanes.


162 comments Add your comment

Ga Peach

September 23rd, 2011
10:11 am

Not too many years ago – the theory was to go green by having everyone “car pool”, which many people are doing, and it reduces the number of vehicles on the road. To be fair – they could open the HOV lanes to everyone – and if a single occupant wants to pay to be in the HOT lane – then fine!! The HOV lane should still be in effect – and HOT lanes for toll !!!!! How ridiculous to stop the HOV lane as it is today! Vote NO to incumbents!!!!

kmb

September 23rd, 2011
10:11 am

The DOT has no credibility. The 1% sales tax should not be passed because of that. First, GA 400 toll was to end then they lied and kept it. Now the free HOV lanes are no longer HOV lanes but toll roads.
Government makes social contracts with the public. When it breaks them then the public has a right to revoke that leadership.

DanO

September 23rd, 2011
10:10 am

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Dennis

September 23rd, 2011
10:07 am

What a waist of money. Its bad enough trying to merge into a lane coming from 285 to 85 North, then trying to get to HOT(mess) lane that you can’t cross the solid lines until a mile up. How does this help? Im a single driver, I will be doing my daily 55 miles round trip route without the HOT(mess) lane

Georgia Voter

September 23rd, 2011
10:03 am

Let the politicians feel our anger at the voting booth! Vote out ALL incumbents!

Derryck

September 23rd, 2011
10:01 am

Horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Transportation is a must for people to be able to get in and out of cities for work. They are punishing those that commute to the cities, the DOT cannot even manage the money they are given often jacking up prices and infating numbers. Red lights are ridiculously expensive and never timed correctly because they want more money to time them. Also, they should spend more money on expanding Marta to markets where most of the commuter have gone to. Not to mention the fact that the bidding for the 1-75 and I-85 most likely was won by and out of country investor. So every dime spent on the road is taking money from the area. This is ridiculous and horrible. Move back up North if you want Toll Roads!

Clancy

September 23rd, 2011
10:01 am

The writer said in one of her paragraphs:

“”The state’s own traffic and revenue study says the regular lanes are expected to gain up to 90 new vehicles per lane, per hour during rush hour, and at one location 120, making for traffic volumes of about 1,200 to 1,500 cars per hour in each lane. ”

How does this writer get from 90 to 120 per lane per hour and then at the end of the sentence get up to 1,200 to 1,500 cars per lane per hour?

This makes NO sense.

Michelle

September 23rd, 2011
10:01 am

I think this is yet another stupid idea by legislators in this state. Changing the HOV lane is helping traffic. All this will do is result in more angry drivers, more congestions. I find it hard to believe that these bozos think people will vote for a 1 cent transportation tax after this lame brained idea.

Georgia Pete

September 23rd, 2011
9:59 am

Are they kidding? They just figured out that the new toll lanes will increase traffic in the other lanes? And they really want us to believe that the increase in traffic in the non toll lanes will not be noticed? This is just government arrogance at its worst. This is nothing but greed gone wild, and it is a horrible idea. The tolls will be too expensive for most people to use at the times they are most needed. And mass transit buses get on for free as well three passenger cars. but there is the problem with three passenger cars: the passengers can be children and other unlicensed passengers. All passengers should be required to be licensed to drive…because they are being driven any way. The only way to reduce traffic in the non toll lanes is to take THOSE WHO ARE LICENSED TO DRIVE off the road, otherwise the provision has no teeth.
Regardless, this HOT lane cr*p is misguided, misplaced, anti-traffic control, and anti-consumer.

D

September 23rd, 2011
9:59 am

This is a very sad attempt to raise revenue. If Atlanta truly wants to be considered a “big, growing, city”, it will eventually need to accept the fact that mass transit is a necessity. If you want to bring in more people, you need to find a way for them to get to work. Last time I checked, a 30 mile, 90 minute commute isn’t a selling point. Thanks to the state for spending millions on collecting pennies instead of correcting our education issues.