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 16th, 2011
4:10 pm

If your time isn’t worth $5 to save 30 mins, then what are you whining about? My time is worth much more than that and I’m glad to pay it. It isn’t good for the economy for you to be getting in my way anyway, so please stay in the slow lanes.


Enough Already

October 16th, 2011
4:02 pm

I hear all the whining but also find the Voters apathetic when going to polls and clinging to their party of choice. Be more independent and kickout the machine but then not afraid to kick out the next ones if things dont change. Otherwise, expect the same ole same ole. That is what we are getting now. This Genna Evans lady apparently slummed her way to the top and the people of GA ignore the shananigans. The pensin requirements are consuming the state budgets but people look the other way as the politicians hide and cover while trying to increase fees to support the needs of the state. Why do government workers and teachers continue to get fat pensions while the rest are stuck with 401Ks and shrinking real dollar paychecks? You know why..the folks at the top treat us based on how we have acted as a group..dumb grazing sheep that needs to be herded.


October 16th, 2011
2:53 pm

Will the last Democrat in Georgia please turn off the lights?…..
October 15th, 2011
6:10 pm
October 15th, 2011
12:13 pm
“Actually, Governor Deal is from Hall County and has to travel through that section of Interstate 85 in DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties to get between his home and the State Capitol which might have been the reason that he responded as soon as he did…”

I am going to go out on a limb here and venture that the governor probably lives in………the Governor’s Mansion (in Buckhead).

Lilburn Lady

October 16th, 2011
2:31 pm

The HOT Lane has been a huge failure as far as I’m concerned and I for one will never purchase a Peach Pass strictly on principle. You have removed an entire lane from two-person car pools and increased the traffic in the “free” lanes. Those of us who cannot afford the tolls each day now have our commute times doubled. How is that improving traffic? We are creating more pollution and burning more gas and have a lower quality of life due to this “experiment” that by the way, we are paying for! I could understand building a new lane to play with this latest effort at social engineering, but taking a lane away? That’s crazy!!

An American Patriot

October 16th, 2011
10:33 am

Folks, I’ll tell you what…..some politicians better start coming out against this travesty (Hot Lanes) or they’re not likely to win re-election. This is stupid, having to pay again for a highway and I’m sure all of you have heard this…….”If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”……as far as I’m concerned, it worked great the way it was. Well, this old guy ain’t voting for TSPLOST, that’s just money tossed into the toilet……instead, let’s throw all these stupid politicians in the toilet…….flush ‘em, let ‘em sink to the bottom like the excrement they are…….GDOT, wise up or y’all are gonna be out of a job too.


October 16th, 2011
9:16 am

Welcome to the nickel-and-dime century. I’m waiting for the ‘air toll’. You know, to breath the air. The issue is, not Republican or Democrat, the issue is, there is NO ONE TO VOTE FOR who will stand up to schemes like this. Occupy Wall Street? We need to occupy this *&%$# HOT lane, and not with our cars.


October 16th, 2011
5:15 am


Corporate Socialist

October 15th, 2011
9:44 pm

Would you whiny little people please calm down? Once me and my friends get our corporate contracts adjusted to cover our virtually free ride down the HOT lane, you’ll see plenty of us cruising by you peons. This is great. We use your labor and money to build us a private lane, then we get to use it at discount from our board of directors. Then our companies write it off as an expense. I sure hope those government types don’t find a way to infringe on my smooth ride. I don’t want to see them clogging up my space with their “official” bidness; except the Gov. and his friends of course. Roll on Nathan. You the man.


October 15th, 2011
9:27 pm

Glad I live 100 miles out of Atlanta. Glad I come there 4x per year to see the doctor. Wish 2 of my kids did not live in the edge of Atlanta (one near 85, one near 20,) but I don’t go see them that often, either.

It galls my soul to see how the “common Georgians” are in the crosshairs of the governor’s office/legislature, as they seem to be too ignorant or delusional not to vote those idiots out–people who continue to screw them over.

I keep hoping that clarity of thought will bring about come common sense from my fellow voters. However, some seem to be so determined to “be like the big boys” that they don’t realize they are subisidizing the lifestyles of these fat cat folks with their own sweat/money.

I traveled on 85 from North Avenue to the end of the HOT lane last Monday and saw NOT A CAR in the HOT lane. I was proud of my fellow citizens, until I realized it was a holiday. Keep it up, however, guys! Don’t give in to this nefarious attempt to undermine the values that build our country–let the government know you mean business!


October 15th, 2011
9:18 pm

People are staying away in droves from the I-85 HOT lane and the response is to reduce the toll and get a fed waiver to allow 2 to ride for free? The answer is simple: say you made a mistake, cut your losses and get serious about rail. Take the toll off GA 400 as promised. Don’t continue to lie and distort. It was supposed to be sunsetted…now just do it! And the TSPLOST? DOA. There are no “regional” solutions anywhere in the “plan” – approved by high-power politicians. Sidewalks for Buford Highway? A trolley for Atlanta? More buses? That is no regional plan…it’s political cover plain and simple…but it won’t be enough. Come up with a regional authority with a real plan then you may have a chance. Spend millions to market the current plan to us?, you may as well flush it down the toilet right now. The old saying is you can’t make a good deal with a bad guy. We (GA taxpayers) can’t make a good deal with you (pols) and your appointed minions (GDOT, et al). We will stay out of the HOT lane but we won’t stay away from the polls to let you know we will not underwrite your folly.