Revenue from Atlanta I-85 toll lanes less than projected

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ATLANTA — State records show that revenues from interstate tolls in metro Atlanta have failed to meet expectations.

One year after the toll lanes were put in place on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta, documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show that revenues fell short of even the state’s lowest-case projections.

However, an increasing number of drivers are using the so-called HOT lanes. State records show that thousands of people have signed up for Peach Passes, and revenue is generally rising.

State Road and Tollway Authority officials say they’re not disappointed with the revenues during the first year of operation for the lanes.

The I-85 toll lanes span about 16 miles from near Chamblee Tucker Road, just south of I-285, to Old Peachtree Road in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

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OpenCurtain 10/03/12 - 09:34 am
It was never about the revenue

It was nothing more than another way to tax people, for something they were already taxed for to build and now have to rent from the politicians.

Sound Locally familiar?

dstewartsr 10/03/12 - 06:47 pm
The lanes are of almost no benefit

... to commuters. I often visit my family and find the regular lanes move well except about two hours a day. During those times, the toll lanes are as empty as during regular times. I suspect it's because getting and paying for the passes isn't worth the hassle.

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