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HOT Lanes Moratorium Pursued by Sen. Thompson

State Sen. Curt Thompson presents SB 347 before Senate Transportation Committee.

 

State Sen. Curt Thompson (D-Tucker) presented Senate Bill 347, which would place a moratorium on the development of high occupancy toll (HOT) Lanes in Georgia, before the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday (Feb. 28).

“While the effort to cut Metro Atlanta’s unbearable commute times is laudable, it has become clear that the HOT lanes were a poorly researched initiative,” said Thompson in an announcement. “The typical I-85 commuter has seen their drive time doubled, and those who can afford the steep tolls are watching the costs reach all-time highs.”

“We need to closely re-evaluate the effectiveness and impact of HOT lanes before integrating them into Georgia’s other highly traveled roadways,” he said.

SB 347 would also require the Georgia General Assembly to pass legislation to designate the future return of any and all HOT lanes.

Individuals who testified on the behalf of SB 347 included Southern Environmental Law Center attorney Brian Gist and Howard Rogers, who organized a Gwinnett Town Hall meeting in late 2011 protesting HOT lanes that had been implemented on Interstate 85 in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Thompson represents the Fifth Senate District, which includes portions of Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. 

A committee vote on the bill has been tabled until a later date, according to the announcement.

Martha Smith March 06, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Thank you for trying Senator Thompson! Those who support the lanes are not being truthful! They are hiding behind bogus “data” that they are paying someone to “collect” - overall traffic and trip times have increased tremendously in all lanes – even the HOT lane. The cost is absurd and it has move too much traffic into the regular lanes.
Marie Parker March 06, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Can you believe Senator Steve Gooch of Dahlonega said “If we delay this kind of project now, all you’re doing is kicking the can down the road… you’re going to lose 10 more years”? So, he thinks it’s better to make traffic terrible now rather than 10 years from now? These arrogant law makers should be made to drive in this mess every day during peak times! $4.75 to go sixteen miles is ridiculous! The average commute is over thirty miles – what’s the goal $10 to get to work? They think we’re upset – wait until they expand this garbage to the rest of the metro area!
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew March 06, 2012 at 04:31 AM
The HOT lanes were a beta test for TSPLOST, don't like the HOT lanes? Let them know, when the vote on TSPLOST comes up VOTE NO. NOT NOW - NOT This way.
Brian March 08, 2012 at 12:06 AM
After the way they handled the HOT lanes I can't believe anyone would vote for the TSPLOST!
Jim March 11, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Support Curt and Renee and vote out the rest!

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