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Cheaper HOT lanes mostly empty this weekend
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Norcross, GA -- The High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on I-85 in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties were mostly empty during the first weekend of cheaper starting tolls.

The State Road and Tollway Authority dropped the starting price to a penny-per-mile last week after getting approval from the federal government.

The old price structure started at 10 cents per mile. 

"It seems like a good idea to lower them," said one driver. "But it's not going to make me use them."

"On the weekends, there's not much traffic, so it's unlikely I'll pay one cent to use the HOT lanes when I can drive in the regular lanes," said another driver. 

During rush hours, the controversial tolls will continue to creep up.

State Democratic leaders said they'll push for a three-year moratorium on new HOT lanes not already approved.

But Governor Nathan Deal (R-Georgia) said he's against the idea.

"I suppose that's the right of the minority to suggest the majority not move forward," Gov. Deal said on Tuesday. "I don't think Georgians are willing to wait three years to solve the transportation problems of metro Atlanta."

So far, 120,000 Peach Passes have been sold.

The eventual goal of SRTA is 170,000.

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