Study supports truck-only toll lanes in Atlanta

| Monday, August 01, 2005

OK, so you hate any idea even remotely connected to that “toll” word. But would you pay for a voluntary truck-toll lane through one of the nation’s most congested cities? If your route takes you through the Atlanta area, you could soon be driving in your very own lanes – and those lanes could be the end to traffic problems, according to a new study.

Georgia’s State Road and Tollway has released “I-75/575 HOV/BRT Value Pricing Corridor and Feasibility Study,” which indicates that congestion on Atlanta’s crowded interstate system could be reduced by 20 percent by adding special truck-only toll lanes.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the lanes are part of a comprehensive plan – which also includes adding more car pool lanes for four-wheelers – that would cost $53 billion over 25 years. The plan does not specify the rate for tolls on the truck-only lanes.

The $400,000 study is still in its preliminary stages, and truck toll lanes may not be a part of the final version, but state officials are planning to study the idea further, the Journal-Constitution reported.

The study is scheduled to be completed in December. A similar study is being examined by the Georgia Department of Transportation.