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

Double Zero Eight

September 23rd, 2011
10:23 am

Let make sure there are no exemptions for politicians.
Make them pay the going rate per mile, just like the
average citizen, if they elect to use the HOT lane.

The general consensus is that traffic in the regular
lanes will get worse. What do you expect from politicians
after they promised to eliminate the toll on GA 400?
The answer is not very much!!!

Bill Gullion

September 23rd, 2011
10:23 am

I question the legality of what the state has done to I-85. The road was originally built as a public highway with public funds. DOT has made the decision to make the road into a semi-toll highway!
Don’t tax payers and residents of the state of Georgia have some say in the decision. It’s a terrible idea thats going to bring about terrible results.

Driver Down

September 23rd, 2011
10:21 am

The enitre HOT Lane is a sham – it is only a revenue gerneration opportunity and the DOT and State officials could care less about traffic flow.

Think about it – the goal now is to divert more people into clogged traffic so they will use the toll lanes – and revenue will be produced to build BASS Museums in Perry, GA or funnel money to other Projects we do not want or need – but make politicians proud because they get a sense they are doing something.

If revenue is needed for Transportation – tax fuel. and make sure that all tax revenue on fuel goes to the DOT. Do not divert $1MM here or there out of the gas tax to pay for computers or other needs.

At the end of the day – this will hurt our economy and given the opportunity – people will move to other states like Tennessee.

DanO

September 23rd, 2011
10:20 am

Clancy, if you read carefully it says 90 to 120 cars will be “added” for a total of 1,200 to 1,500 per lane per hour

Road Scholar

September 23rd, 2011
10:20 am

Fried Okra: Mr Obama is not a “god” as you put it. He is OUR President. Why don’t you show some respect? Perhaps you might get some respect from others and you might respect yourself. Otherwise you appear to be stupid!

Gregory

September 23rd, 2011
10:20 am

I agree that tax payer money should be used when the profits go to politically connected crooks. Public/private means the state cannot build additional mass transit that would diminish the private companies profits, caused huge headacks in California. This city needs mass transit in a big way, but insurance and road builder donations will keep the DOT crooked house here will keep it from happening and every negative blog against mass transit is paid bloggers for the crooks. Wait you will see companies leave for more modern cities, Georgia is racing towards 1950 at break neck speed.

rlm

September 23rd, 2011
10:17 am

These are a travesty to give the rich in the northern tier a faster drive. HOV lanes were to get people to carpool and have less cars. People are taxed for these roads and now can’t drive on them. Politicians catered to big contributers with this.

DanO

September 23rd, 2011
10:15 am

What this has always been about is for the rich to not have to wait in traffic with the great unwashed. Every high level executive will now demand a paid peach pass as part of his/her compensation package. More seperation of the rich and poor and we just stood by and let it happen.

atl

September 23rd, 2011
10:15 am

I think that was very poor planning and it is not going to help the traffic!

makes no sense

September 23rd, 2011
10:14 am

We live in Gwinnett and travel this section on a semi-regular basis, but fortunately not during rush hour times. Normally it is with the family so we have over 3 people, do we now have to get a Peach Pass just to drive in the HOV lane even if we have 3 people in the car? I also wonder how will the cameras (based on their positioning) can tell if we have 3 or more people in the car especially for kids in a car seat. I just don’t want to go through the aggravation of trying to disprove a ticket or fine.