Could we finally be getting our act together on traffic congestion?
First, the legislature passes a regional funding plan.
Now, the state Transportation Board told staff they could bid out a project to add electronic tolls to the I-85 HOV lane in Gwinnett County, AJC reporter Ariel Hart writes.
It is planned as the seed of a whole network of metro Atlanta HOT lanes.
The idea, Hart writes, is to offer something extraordinary at rush hour — one spot where drivers who can afford it are nearly guaranteed mobility. The flip side is that two-person car pools, which currently make up most of the free HOV lane’s traffic, will be kicked out to make space for the paying drivers.
Public transit, motorcycles, alternative fuel vehicles and car pools of three people or more ride free. Two-person car pools and solo drivers must pay, Hart reports.
The high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane, which will open in June 2011, will run from about Chamblee Tucker Road in DeKalb County to Old Peachtree Road in Gwinnett County.
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