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I-85 express lanes FAQ's
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I-85 express lanes FAQ's

ATLANTA -- If you commute on I-85 you have probably already seen the new signs going up to mark express toll lanes. A lot of people are asking questions about how they will work. We try to answer some of those questions with help from the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA).

Q: When will the new express lanes be open?

A: The SRTA, which manages the lanes, says they should be open by the end of summer. Hopefully they will be completed by the end of August but it may be September before they are open.

Q: How will the express lanes work?

A: Everyone who is planning to use the toll lanes will have to get a Peach Pass from the SRTA.
If you have three or more people in your car you won't pay anything. If you have one or two people in your car you will have to pay a toll that will be determined by the amount of traffic on the highway.
You won't be able to use the express lanes without a Peach Pass.

Q: About how much will you pay to use the express lane?

A: The SRTA hasn't figured out an exact price now but estimates that a typical trip length of 6-7 miles could range from $0.60 to $6.00 depending on congestion. The heavier the traffic, the more it will cost.

Q: How will the new lanes be enforced?

A: It's going to be a combination of law enforcement, video and invisible barriers that will monitor your Peach Pass on your windshield every half mile.
If you go in or out of the lane illegally by crossing the double white lines, you'll get a $25.00 fine in the mail.
If you don't have a pass and you try to use the lane, it will be up to law enforcement to stop you just like it is now in HOV lanes.

Q: How do you get a Peach Pass?

A: The easiest way is to go to www.peachpass.com later this month to register for a pass. You can also call the Peach Pass Customer Service Center at 404-893-6161.

For more answers, visit GDOT's website.


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