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Old 10-04-2011, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Acworth
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I am currently on 85 south. I went from exit 104 to midtown. The cost going south was 55 cent but the traffic was fine. I was doing 75 mph. I did not count one car in the new lane. Not one car from exit 104 to shallowford rd. This is doing the afternoon rush. When I left the city going north on 85 at 3:30pm there were very few people in the hot lane. The cost for the entire trip going on 85 when traffic is bad is around $3.50. I normally do not drive on this side of town during this time period so i dont know how traffic is normally but it was bad. They even said on the radio that traffic on 285 was also effected. I do not see these hot lanes lasting that long. Nobody isn't going to pay close to $20 a week to ride in those lanes.
see i was right. the fewer the cars, the higher the toll.

welcome to atlanta. please buy my house so i can get out of this failed cluster of idiocy!

because if nobody wants to use it, making it more expensive will attract more users? hmm might work for paris hilton and daddy's trust fund but not too sure about real world applications. heh
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:14 AM
 
Location: ATL
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see i was right. the fewer the cars, the higher the toll.

welcome to atlanta. please buy my house so i can get out of this failed cluster of idiocy!

because if nobody wants to use it, making it more expensive will attract more users? hmm might work for paris hilton and daddy's trust fund but not too sure about real world applications. heh
plan is to make all interstates in metro atl like 85.

At least we don't have to pay to get on the regular highway
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:06 AM
 
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I will never pay or use it.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:15 AM
 
Location: ATL
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i will never pay or use it.
+1
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Taxes? Taxes!?!? TAXES!!!

That's...SOCIALISM!!! ARGH!!!

(Typical Tea party conservative mental breakdown.)

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Georgia has one of the lowest gas taxes in the country:

Gaspricewatch.com - Gas Taxes
The Tax Foundation - State Gasoline Tax Rates, as of January 1, 2011

According to the above site, it's the lowest. 7.5 cents/gallon. Georgia and Alaska (8 cents) are the only single-digit states on the list.

No wonder we have to have toll lanes -- the state doesn't seem interested in using more traditional means for funding roads.
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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I have a theory on this project: It isn't just designed to be a solution in its own right but is instead designed to test congestion pricing on a larger level. That's right, congestion pricing has been looked into as a potential option for Atlanta, and this represents the first step towards it.
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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The Twin Cities is a good example for some things, but they also have over 400 active ramp meters. Do you really want to follow their example with that many of those here? I sure don't...
Seems like most ramps have them now, at least ITP.
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Athens, GA (via Pittsburgh, PA)
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Personally, I think the gas tax should be eliminated, especially since cars are getting more fuel-efficient, which will mean less money to (re)build highways. I think that every limited-access highway should be tolled because you'd be paying by use, which is the fairest way to pay for something. (And if you don't like it, then there are are plenty of secondary roads for you to stay on.)
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: North Metro Atlanta
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^^ How do you pay for the Non/Interstate type highways?

I personally would like the gas tax to go away and an to X cents per mile, each year you would report how many miles you drove, and your registration cost would include X cents per mile times Number miles driven.
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:56 PM
 
Location: ATL
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I-85 HOT lane just the beginning


I-85 HOT lane just the beginning *| ajc.com

If the state’s plans work out, metro Atlanta drivers will encounter such lanes on nearly every interstate stretch they travel. The I-85 pilot project will spread in the next 30 years to 151 miles, according to regional and state planners, and more after that.

Costing perhaps $16 billion — a mix of taxpayer, toll and private dollars — the entire 285-mile network could transform metro Atlanta commuting, offering choice, a new way of financing roads and futuristic enforcement.

Ultimately, a 285-mile “express lane” system would span the entire metro Atlanta highway network, taking over all its HOV lanes. In addition to the I-85 project, 41 miles of toll lanes are already scheduled to open to traffic in the region by 2016.
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