2013-08-06: The Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority (GSRTA) says in an announcement today that November 21 is tentatively set, "weather permitting" as the date for ending toll collection on the GA400 tollroad north of central Atlanta. A toll plaza demolition contract for $3.5m will remove the 2x2 lanes ORT and 2x7 lanes cash plaza over the next year.
Georgia SRTA gets industry "awards" for disastrous mismanagement of I-85 Express Lanes planning and launch + COMMENTBy Peter Samuel on July 2, 2013
Of all the launches of toll express or HOT lanes projects - and there are over 25 operating now - by far the worst was Georgia I-85 Express Lanes, on the northeast side of Atlanta. Every day for the first days of the launch early October 2011 the lanes were virtually empty, while congestion alongside was noticeably worse than before they were instituted. Georgia SRTA screwed up royally.
The Georgia I-85 toll express lanes (GA85XL) now in their eighth week of operation continue to attract more patronage, but tolls while growing, are still low per mile. We've worked on seven full weeks of data. Average weekday traffic in the variably priced lanes is now 11,210 vs 4,170 in the first week.
Intermec Inc, a former owner of Amtech, the toll tag segment of TransCore, recently demanded that the Georgia state toll authority (GaSRTA) buy Intermec readers or insist that their vendor buy license rights they claim to hold to multiprotocol readers.
Georgia State Road and Toll Authority (SRTA or 'Certur') formally announced today that they will buy multiprotocol reader equipment and service from both Federal Signal and TransCore. The Federal Signal (previously Sirit) equipment will be used mainly for tolling on the I-85 Express or HOT lanes due to begin by late summer. That contract is finalized.