ga/I-85 express lanes
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.
Data for May - the eighth month of operation - show continued progress for Georgia toll authority in attracting more toll payers to the inside Express Lanes on I-85 on the northeast side of the Atlanta area. Average weekday trips were 17,585, a 4.6% advance on the previous highest monthly number - in March. Average tolls paid at $1.14 were up on April but in line with earlier months.
Toll paying traffic in the GA/I-85 Express Lanes (XL) continued strong growth in the third week of operations. Average daily tolls were 8688 up 39% in Week-3 over Week-2's 6265 which in turn was up 44% on the dismal 4170 of the first week. So toll paying traffic has slightly more than doubled since the first week.
The average toll rate remained a modest 88c in the third week.