HOT lanes proposed for I85.

Sounds like a good idea to me:

“I think the people are looking for some help, for somebody to do something,” Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charles Bannister said. “It’s the most congested area and it can determine whether or not a toll system will work.”

The grant application, which was submitted Monday, would convert 14.3 miles of I-85’s HOV lanes to high-occupancy toll lanes, from Interstate 285 to Old Peachtree Road. HOV lanes would become HOT lanes both north and southbound.

Drivers with three or more people in their car could continue to drive in the lanes for free, as could buses and motorcycles. But single drivers or those with only one passenger would be required to pay to use the lanes on a sliding scale.

The cost of entering a HOT lane would vary based on the time of day and the distance traveled, State Road and Tollway Authority Director Rosa Clausell Rountree said. She expected the average trip to be $2.75.

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4 comments

  1. Doug Deal says:

    I think this shows the lack of understanding of what causes the backups. It’s not the interstates, it’s the roads that you have to take when getting off of them.

    If you had a water pipe that was 6″ ID with a section in the middle that was 2″ ID and you wanted to increase capacity, does it make sense to replace the 6″ pipe, or the 2″ pipe?

    Similarly, adding lanes, making certain lanes HOV or HOT or whatever does not help, since the additional cars in the new lanes or the HOV and HOT traffic will still get backed up since they too have to exit the interstate somewhere.

    A better partial solution would be divided express lanes that allow through traffic through downtown Atlanta, but in that zone do not allow people to enter or exit. That allows burb to burb traffic to pass through unmolested and also gets through traffic out of the lanes that locals need for merging, exiting.

    The bulk of any road based solution will have to focus on improving surface streets.

  2. Harry says:

    Doug, you are right. A large part of the problem could be addressed with “relatively” inexpensive traffic engineering improvements to surface streets that are in immediate proximity to freeways – including additional lanes, computerized traffic signals, etc.

    GPS, electronic tags, and user fees?

  3. Trackboy1 says:

    Transit has gotten so bad people are playing a fantasy baseball version of transit:
    http://governing.typepad.com/13thfloor/2007/05/fantasy_basebal.html

    Transit is a part of the solution, just a part, but its got to be on the table, despite what the fat cat road building interests want, which is for their pockets to be full of billions (underground ATL tunnel???), via GDOT and road building lackeys Linnekohl, Doss, Evans, Kenn, etc.

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