10/16: A HOT flash in the pan?

The AJC Editorial Board

Are HOT lanes a flash in the pan? Let’s hope not. While it’s understandable that metro Atlantans resent a no-gridlock toll on a road they’ve already paid for, HOT lanes have proved their worth in other states. Georgia shouldn’t exit, Andre Jackson writes for The AJC Editorial Board.

Gov. Nathan Deal writes that “while I share the frustration of commuters regarding our early experience with HOT lanes, we are all frustrated when we miss a business appointment or a child’s baseball game because roads are jammed. I am focused on reducing congestion in order to get Georgians moving.”

And the Rome News-Tribune weighs in on the HOT lanes, too.

Read the full accounts of what they have to say and comment.

41 comments Add your comment


October 15th, 2011
1:11 pm

Why yes ALex it appears you must be entitled to a special lane that we all paid for previously. Why you’ve zoomed past bourgeoisie straight into nobility for only 60¢! Could I also interest you in a time share in Hilton Head where you can rub elbows with the nobility even further for only pennies by comparison?

I’m for capitalism as much as the majority of Americans but having a keen nose for bull excrement I know a line when I see it. This little 60 mil project that is now being offered as a loss leader Deal (half off if you act now!) is the precursor to a proposed 16 BILLION dollar, 30 YEAR plan by DOT in conjunction with the Feds to do this to every major artery in the greater metro area. That is enough moola to keep everyone in the DOT’s brothers-in-laws, son-in-laws, ex-wives and eventually grandson-in-laws in jobs for decades. Again, just 60 MILLION DOLLARS for paint, sensors, signs and 4 dedicated state patrolmen to insure enough congestion to ramp up both the demand and the rates themselves. What a Deal. Wish I was a paint salesman. Note that none of that money was to widen a single bridge.

That is so much money that politicians, DOT, contractors and I think some particular portions of the media are already elbowing at the trough, if not the Federal teat to get their share. The AJC has been nearly mute on a subject that will impact the lives of almost all occupants of metro Atlanta for decades to come. Articles are few and far between and seldom allow comment. Even one that had a “Your Opinion” link was run for a month after the comments section had been closed. Now we get their opinion through Mr. Andre Jackson and we aren’t even given the opportunity to respond directly to that tripe. Instead it has to be to this un-linked, un-named blog that you have to drill down to from the Opinion page. If the AJC isn’t in on the scam then some editor would have the cojones to link this blog to the home page.

Don’t think that this is only a Gwinnett problem. Wait until Cobb gets the construction woes for the additional lane they won’t be able to afford to drive in anyway, or, shudder, the connector and the northern arc of the perimeter when they get this same treatment. Then they will want us all to vote for TSPLOST because of all the congestion. Never mind that the self-entitled’s migration across all lanes to enter and last minute merges to exit along with the blue light special enforcement to bump up revenues are only serving to INCREASE CONGESTION for the many for the gain of the few, or in ALex’s case the One. Enjoy your 60¢ while it lasts. I will be voting with my feet for now and with my real vote in the future accordingly.


October 15th, 2011
12:13 pm

“Gov. Nathan Deal writes that “while I share the frustration of commuters…”

Right. Somehow I doubt that. Gov. Deal and his chauffeured limousine travel I-85 North all that frequently. And who cares that the Rome News-Tribune thinks HOT lanes are wonderful, it’s not like your average Roman travels 85 North every day either.


October 15th, 2011
12:10 pm

The State of Georgia and GRTA made a deal with the federal gummint, and we get HOT lanes. As someone already said, it’s about revenue – they get the gold mine, we get the shaft.

I’m going to remember this one at the ballot box, Nate!

Hootinanny Yum Yum

October 15th, 2011
11:48 am

I have no problem with charging a toll to individual drivers that want to pay to utilize the HOT lanes.

However, the lanes should be at NO COST to ALL carpools at or greater than two occupants, all hybrid vehicles and all motorcyclists. The only people that should pay anything are individual drivers of passenger vehicles.

How freakin’ simple is that?


October 15th, 2011
10:16 am

This was never about fixing the traffic gridlock, it was about creating another stream of revenue. It’s about as worthless as the on ramp stop lights. Just another example of a government blowing money to not fix a problem, and fulfill it’s own agenda.. It’s time to fire some of the higher ups in the GDOT and get some new blood in there. This incompetence can not continue, the traffic issue in Atlanta is at a boiling point.

No special lanes period.

October 15th, 2011
8:48 am

Forget ALL special lanes. Open them all up to all traffic. No HOV, no HOT-they won’t work. Minimally, suspend them–both of them–for 2,3,4 weeks, heck the rest of the year–and let’s just see what happens. I bet the traffic will be much better for all. We’re not giving up our cars. we’re just not. These new lanes were a TOTAL waste of our money.


October 15th, 2011
7:30 am

With the cost of transportation already high, including gas prices, I simply don’t have enough extra money to pay for tolls just to go to work and back everyday.


October 15th, 2011
7:22 am

I shouldn’t have to pay to use roads I’ve already paid for with gas taxes.


October 15th, 2011
2:40 am

As a solid conservative I can tell you Gov. Deal is slitting his throat with much of his base.

Ken P

October 14th, 2011
7:22 pm

We wish you would keep your 2 cents out of this issue of taxpayer gouging! The fact that our legislators have already wasted $60 million on abusive scheme to screw citizens should not ensure that it continues, but that those responsible don’t see another term! The HOV lanes were “supposedly” created to encourage and reward carpooling, now they are penalizing those very same travelers! Kick the crooks out, and ignore those stupid enough to defend the corrupt practice!