Express Lanes are an innovative solution to ‘manage’ traffic congestion and provide travel choices for interstate travelers. This system uses restricted access points, toll pricing, and exempt vehicles to provide more reliable travel options for motorists on Georgia DOT's state highway system.
Creating a Managed Lanes Network in Atlanta
An interview with Georgia DOT Deputy Commissioner Todd Long, incoming SRTA Executive Director Chris Tomlinson and SRTA Director of Operations Steve Corbin.
By Baruch Feigenbaum
View Article: Reason Magazine - Innovators in Action 2013
Managed lanes are highway or arterial lanes that provide increased efficiency due to proactive lane operation management in response to demand. Managed lanes are intended to provide a mobility choice and more reliable travel times in peak periods for motorists and bus patrons.
Managed Lane Corridors
Managed Lane Types
Express lanes are a part of Georgia's Managed Lane System which can take various forms including:
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes
These lanes are designated for eligible carpools, transit buses, motorcycles, certified alternative fuel vehicles and emergency vehicles.
High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes
These lanes are designated for eligible vehicles to use for free, while others can use by paying a variable toll. As demand changes, the toll fluctuates to keep the optimal number of cars flowing at an acceptable speed. Toll cost is posted so motorists can decide whether to use the lane. Electronic toll collection (transponders) eliminates the need for toll plazas, allowing traffic to maintain highway speeds. Vehicles over two axles are prohibited from using both HOV and HOT lanes. View Express Lane Sign Tutorial
Express Toll Lanes (ETL)
These Lanes are similar to HOT lanes, with the main difference being that, in HOT lanes, vehicles that meet prescribed occupancy requirements are granted free access, while in ETLs all vehicles pay according to the toll schedule.