Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Would You Pay to Use the Carpool Lane?



















If you've ever sat in traffic on I-85 during rush hour (from about 3:00pm-8:00pm) in Atlanta, then this may interest you a tad. The Georgia Dept. of Transportation has granted Georgia $110 million dollars to convert HOV lanes into HOT Lanes.

Carpoolers will still be able to use the lane for free, but single drivers would have the option of driving in the lane for a fee. Users will open an account, put a small electronic device on their dashboard and as they enter the HOT lane sensors up and down the median of I-85 deduct the amount.

They're still mulling over amount that will be deducted and how much that deduction would change depending on time of day, day of the week, etc. There are also some holes left in figuring out how this will be enforced as far as the alphabet boys go.

As a single driver, would you use this?

-Ant

ant@theantandmikeshow.com

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