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

katherine

September 23rd, 2011
10:30 am

I’m one of those people who is getting the shaft. Been in a two person carpool for 4 years originating in Barrow County and ending downtown M-F. To say I’m upset about this is an understatement. This will probably add over an hour to my commute. I can’t sell my house and I haven’t had any luck finding another job closer to home. I’d be happy if the HOT lane could still function as an HOV lane.

Cutty

September 23rd, 2011
10:30 am

Took me less than 15 minutes to get to work this morning. Could’ve taken MARTA but I may go to happy hour after work. Options, options. Guess its that good ITP living. Have fun come October 1st!

Fried Okra

September 23rd, 2011
10:30 am

0bamanomics = Buffoonery

0bamaLovers in 2012 = Buffoonery

This HOT Lane Proposal?

Ditto.

DanO

September 23rd, 2011
10:27 am

This is not about improving traffic. That should be obvious to everyone so lets just drop that discussion completely. Traffic will be worse for the “common man” that has already been established. The real question is… Is it fair that just because someone has money to influence the politicians that they are able to bypass our traffic woes and get home faster that the rest of us. Any other comments are not relevent.

Gregory

September 23rd, 2011
10:26 am

I agree that no 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, and caused huge headacks in California. This city needs mass transit in a big way, but insurance and road builder donations will keep the DOT and crooked gov here will keep it from happening and most negative blogs against mass transit are paid bloggers for the crooks. Wait you will see companies leave for more modern cities, Georgia is racing towards 1950 at break neck speed, would you move your company here?.

William

September 23rd, 2011
10:25 am

Yesterday afternoon, the light shower and volume slowing as usual just before spaghetti junction, all the one person per car Gwinnett County residents who normally clog 85 north saw what I saw, the HOT/HOV lanes were backing up, all I could do was laugh at what was suppose to be a speedy transit and wasn’t. I got off at Northcrest Road exit and was able to get a better view of what was a mass of brake lights heading into north Gwinnett in ALL lanes. HAHAHAHAHAAH.

br0wngirl

September 23rd, 2011
10:24 am

I just wish, for ONCE, that the people who decide on these ridiculous plans would have to drive that stretch 5 days a week during rush hour, for 6 months, which should include ALL football Fridays. I think that they might suggest something a bit more LOGICAL after that!
This plan is doomed to fail, so WHEN it does (meaning more congestion in the regular lanes), where are they going to find the money to fix it?????????

nathan

September 23rd, 2011
10:24 am

Really? MORE congested? I never considered that. I wonder if GDOT did.

Thomas Pain

September 23rd, 2011
10:24 am

This idea is absolutely boneheaded. To start with, it’s so complicated it’s ridiculous! Is it still an HOV lane? How will cops enforce it? What about motorcycles/buses? It’s going to be confusing enough for those of us that live here, imagine what it will be like for tourists and recent immigrants!

Clearly, this idea was hatched by the father in law of the guy that owns the company that designs the equipment for tracking traffic, setting the tolls, and enforcing the lanes. They claim that the lanes won’t create a profit for the state (which on it’s own makes no sense) but it created a profit for someone, I can guarantee that!

The money would be far better spent improving the infrastructure that everyone uses. I’m thinking bikes lanes would have been far cheaper and rewarded just as many people.

Jeffisaheretic

September 23rd, 2011
10:24 am

I hate to say it, but back in the day we should have built that second connector through town. But you can thank Andy Young and Jimmy Carter (btw who’s library sits at the major intersection of that freeway).