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Life in the Pass Lane: HOT Registration Now Open

Electronic sticker will be commuter’s ticket to ride in the high occupancy toll lanes.

Planning to use the high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes later this year? Motorists intending to travel in what are currently HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes may now register for the Peach Pass -- a small electronic sticker that will be used to bill motorists for their time in the HOT lane.

For the past several months, . The $11.7 million project includes the installation of tolling technology and equipment, new signs and new sign structures along 16 miles of I-85 express lanes in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. The HOT lanes will run along I-85 between Shallowford Road and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and along State Route 316 between I-85 and Riverside Parkway.

Once the HOV to HOT lane conversion is complete, motorists traveling in the HOT lane must have a Peach Pass. Some vehicles -- transit buses, motorcycles, alternative fuel vehicles and vehicles with three or more passengers -- will be able to use the lanes for free. All other vehicles must pay a variably priced toll in order to use the HOT lane. Officials estimate tolls will vary between 10 and 90 cents per mile. All vehicles, including the ones exempt from the toll, must register for a Peach Pass with the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA).

To register for a Peach Pass, visit www.peachpass.com or call the Peach Pass Customer Service Center at1-855-PCH-PASS (724-7277). Motorists may also register in person at the following locations:

Department of Driver Services-Peach Pass Customer Service Center
2211 Beaver Ruin Road
Norcross, GA 30071

Department of Driver Services-Peach Pass Customer Service Center
310 Hurricane Shoals, NE
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

(Opening August 2011)
Peach Pass Walk-up Center State Road and Tollway Authority
47 Trinity Avenue, Ground Floor
Atlanta, GA 30334

According to a SRTA release, the new HOT lanes will provide commuters with reliable trip times, additional travel choices and enhancements to bus transit service.

The HOT lanes are expected to open in September 2011.

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