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I-85 HOT Lane Revenue Falls Short

One year later, the controversial HOT lane is making money, but not nearly as much as projected.

After one year of operating, the I-85 HOT lane is making money but falling short of even the lowest revenue predictions, the AJC reported.

The controversial toll lane was unpopular with drivers as soon as it was rolled out on Oct. 1, 2011, forcing the state to lower the tolls in order to attract cars into the lane.

But drivers are using the HOT lane. Thousands have signed up for the Peach Pass, and in the first 11 months, that brought in $3.05 million. That's short of the projected revenue of $3.3 million to $6.7 million, according to figures from the AJC.

State Road and Tollway Authority officials say they’re not disappointed with the revenues. A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal said that Deal “moved aggressively” to lower the cost of the tolls and give a grace period to toll violators, which explains some of the revenue gap, the AJC reported.

Are you surprised that revenue projections have fallen short? Let us know in the comments below.

You might also be interested in reading:

  • County: Transit Fares Should Cover a Third of Operating Costs
  • HOT Lanes: Traffic Management or Government Extortion?
  • Reversible Lanes a Possibility for I-85


Dave Ballard October 04, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Honestly, the only real surprise here is that they raised as much cash as they did. But I guess there are some out there who will pay a few bucks to feel "okay" with having their "own" lane where they can drive as fast as they want to. That's what the lane is for, right...? =P
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 05, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Actually those Lexus lanes (or rich ditches) are really convenient for Attorneys traveling between Atl and GJAC. Just ask them, every trip is BILLED right out to the clients.
Bev Lougher October 05, 2012 at 02:43 PM
The HOT lanes were the final straw for me. My vote on the T-SPLOST was a resounding no because of the HOT lanes. We did not have a vote in this decision. We pay for the roads with our taxes and they we have to pay to use them. This is totally wrong and the DOT needs to understand they are accountable.

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