State senator introduces measure to curb HOT lanes

ATLANTA — A state senator from Tucker has introduced a bill to “closely re-evaluate the effectiveness and impact of HOT lanes” before introducing them into other thoroughfares in Georgia

“While the effort to cut Metro Atlanta’s unbearable commute times is laudable, it has become clear that the HOT lanes were a poorly researched initiative,” state Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Tucker, said in a news release. “The typical I-85 commuter has seen their drive time doubled, and those who can afford the steep tolls are watching the costs reach all-time highs.

“We need to closely re-evaluate the effectiveness and impact of HOT lanes before integrating them into Georgia’s other highly traveled roadways,” Thompson added.

The Senate Transportation Committee has heard testimony on the measure, Senate Bill 347. A date for a vote has not been set.

The HOT lanes on Interstate 85 have been much maligned since they first appeared last year. Following widespread criticism of the rates for the lanes, Gov. Nathan Deal in October lowered the lanes’ rates.

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