Reversible Lanes for Interstate 85?

Reversible Lanes for Interstate 85?

There are 7 comments on the MyFoxAtlanta story from Dec 26, 2011, titled Reversible Lanes for Interstate 85?. In it, MyFoxAtlanta reports that:

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Authorities say they're studying the idea of reversible lanes on part of Interstate 85 in metro Atlanta to relieve congestion.

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oj for juice

India

#1 Dec 26, 2011
I-85 is crowded both ways at rush hour.How in the hell are you going to reverse lanes?Already a problem with people driving on the wrong side of the road, and your just making it worse.Why not go up $5 on the toll lane and let those idiots that want to pay to ride......PAY out the ass.

“Registered Conservative”

Since: Jul 11

Waters Creek, GA

#2 Dec 26, 2011
First they get you to pay to drive, then they will reverse lanes, when that don't work, they will raise the fee for the hot lanes, then they will just make the whole thing a toll road.
oj for juice

India

#3 Dec 26, 2011
what these idiots dont realize is....they already pay for the road upkeep with 60 cents on every gallon of gas they buy,the advolurum tax on tags,state tax,sales tax,the feds send money and now they dont mind paying $2 to go up the road.. STUPID IDIOTS.Must be where obama got votes.. people who cant do math

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#4 Dec 26, 2011
Yet Georgia still has about the lowest tax on gas of any state. Only Wyoming and Alaska have lower gas tax rates.

Why not raise it another 10-20 cents per gallon and use that money to make some real improvements to transportation AND transit.

The "Lexus lane" debacle cost us all money, made the non-toll lanes even more congested, and only made the drive better for people who can afford it. A real commuter rail system would relieve a lot of congestion.

Until the state of Georgia takes responsibility for a state wide transportation plan, we will continue to get these stupid stop-gap measures that do nothing to make a difference in the long run.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#5 Dec 26, 2011
Sorry, did not mean to create a double post.
Well

United States

#6 Jan 2, 2012
We have the reversible lanes in Northern Virginia/DC metro area and we have had mixed results. The reversible lanes on I-95 are completed separated by a concrete barrier with "gates" at every possible on ramp that allows traffic onto the reversible lanes. During rush hour, the reversible lanes are open to HOV 3+ passengers per vehicle, but during regular driving times they are open to all traffic. Traffic throughout the day with the exception of the morning and evening rush hours typically runs smoothly unless there is construction or and accident. I've never been confused regarding which direction the HOV/Reversible lanes are open to.

On I-495/Capital Beltway, the HOV/Reversible lanes are being converted to HOT (High Occupancy Toll Lanes)/3+Passengers. The HOT lanes will use congestion pricing which will allows the toll rate to vary. During peak travel hours and congestion, the toll rates will increase. An EZ pass will be required because there will be no physical toll booths - only electronic tolls. Vehicles with 3+ passengers will be exempt from being charged a toll. They will simply have a "Carpool" option on the EZ Pass transponder that will prevent the vehicle's EZ Pass transponder from being charged.

I'm originally from Atlanta and I am aware of the traffic issues that are all too common there. It seems to me that transportation officials would investigate other options in mass transit rather than continue adding more and more lanes to I-85.
Metro Atlanta Resident

United States

#7 Nov 14, 2012
Having reversible lanes on I-85 is a horrible idea. If it didn't work well along US-78 (where the traffic is not as congested normally as much as I-85) from Snellville at GA-124 to basically the Gwinnett - DeKalb County line, what would transportation officials think would happen with I-85, especially when you have to take into account GA-20 and Pleasant Hill Road?

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