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Governor Deal Gets Green Light To Reduce HOT Lane Tolls

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ATLANTA (WAOK)-Commuters are reacting to news that Governor Nathan Deal has been given the go ahead to reduce the rate drivers pay to use the High Occupancy Toll lanes on I-85.

A spokesman with the governor’s office said the governor now has the power to lower the tolls to just 1 cent per mile during non-rush hour periods. The toll would apply to one and two person vehicles. But some drivers are questioning the benefit of still having to purchase a Peach Pass to use the lanes for the low rate during non peak hours.

One driver asked, “What sense would it make for me to pay even a penny to drive in the HOT lane if the other free lanes are available?”

The governor also was granted the power to make the HOT lanes accessible to every car for free if there is a major accident that shuts down multiple lanes.

The move to reduce the rate comes after complaints and outcry from commuters, and some politicians, who say the toll lanes have added to congestion particularly during the morning drive.

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