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

Terrible Idea

September 23rd, 2011
9:47 am

The best part – the HOT lane becomes an HOV lane south of 285. Since 85S is already a parking lot with over 100 extra cars now making it a dead stop, a cop will probably just sit there and pull over all those single drivers who are now illegally driving in lanes reserved for carpools.

The HOT lanes are nothing but a hot mess!

Chuck

September 23rd, 2011
9:42 am

I drive I-85 everyday, Northbound about 7am and Southbound at 4:30 pm. I won’t be spending $6 each way to use the new lane. It is a stupid, pie in the sky idea that will reduce available lanes for commuting. The other stupid idea are those lights on the on ramps. I see the one at Northridge to 400 (southbound) turn off and on, regardless of the flow of traffic on 400. It only backs the traffic up on Northridge and Dunwody Place and isn’t making the flow on 400 any better. These are ridiculous ideas from people who can’t think logically and who want to spend taxpayers dollars. The solution to traffic congestion is for employers to stagger hours for employees, or build more roads. Period. There will never be a commuter train or trolley or whatever from my house in Roswell to Lawrenceville. I am never going to catch a bus, catch a train, go to Lindbergh, ride to Doraville, hitchhike to a Gwinnett bs, etc… Get real. I am using my car. And why are trucks using the two left lanes on I-85? There needs to be a clearer message like XX – NO TRUCKS – XX over both of those lanes.

huntersdad

September 23rd, 2011
9:40 am

So we have to pay to use lanes we have already paid for and were using as HOV lanes? So some guy in a mercedes BY HIMSELF will not have to sit in traffic. This will help traffic how? This is about money not fixing traffic.

Aquarius

September 23rd, 2011
9:40 am

Just another way for the State to stick their grubby hands in the pockets of those willing to pay to ride in the HOT lane so they will have more money to squander. Very little of the money will actually go to maintain the HOT lanes, the rest will go to whatever they want to do with it. Just like it is with everything else. Basically another tax for John Q. Public that most won’t be able to afford which means more conjestion for all of us “regular” folks while the privileged few who can afford it get yet another perk and the State gets more money to waste. And the beat goes on and on and on…..

OedipusTax

September 23rd, 2011
9:36 am

@Shaun – the lanes will cost as much as some public bureaucrat can dream up. “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.” The language of bureaucrats, that don’t have to cost justify anything, sure is mysterious, isn’t it? There’s our answer, and it answers NOTHING. You can bet it costs the public bureaucrat NOTHING. Riding in the hot lane is his free perk, or maybe even part of his union contract paid for by the taxpayer.

another blunder

September 23rd, 2011
9:35 am

This is a horrible idea. I think today’s article summarizes why.

MIkeinATL

September 23rd, 2011
9:30 am

Between these HOT lanes and the privatization of parking on public streets in Atlanta, I have to ask myself, what team are these officials playing for?

MIkeinATL

September 23rd, 2011
9:27 am

I just can’t believe that these projects got off the ground. Dumbest idea ever. We all know that government employees are notoriously lazy but this is ridiculous. Rather than focusing on what’s effective, our leadership has decided to focus on what’s easy. This is a rampant issue in government.

Vote out the incumbents!

Shaun

September 23rd, 2011
9:22 am

Exactly, how much are the toll lanes???

Wasted Taxmoney

September 23rd, 2011
9:22 am

$60 million spent on HOT lanes should have been spent on MORE lanes! Just another goofy idea from Washington, which created the massive traffic jams in DC. Where is Tom Moreland when we really need him?