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Toll lanes less than a month away
Toll lanes less than a month away

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- It won't be long before Gwinnett and DeKalb County drivers will have a choice: to putter in rush hour traffic, or pay for a faster commute.

We now know when the express lanes are going to open up on I-85, between Chamblee Tucker Road and Peachtree Road. Depending on construction and weather, the state will begin charging tolls on Sept. 24 or Oct. 1.

To use that 15 mile stretch of roadway, most drivers will need a Peach Pass. 

"We want to give people the earliest time that it could open so that they can register and go ahead and get a Peach Pass," said State Road and Tollway spokesperson Malika Wilkins.

That means you may have less than a month to get your Peach Pass so the SRTA can figure out how much to charge you for using the lanes. They think everyone should get one.

"That way it's there when you need it and if you decide you want to use it; it's there and you don't have anything to worry about," Wilkins said.

Cars with three or more occupants can use the lanes for free. Everyone else will pay anywhere from 10 cents to 90 cents per mile depending on traffic volume. An average six-mile ride in the toll lane will cost 60 cents minimum and a maximum of $5.40.

There are several ways to get a Peach Pass. You can call 1-855-PCH-PASS, or 1-855-724-7277. You can also go to the Peach Pass website to register. SRTA has also set up walk-in locations at driver services offices at 2211 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, and 310 Hurricane Shoals in Lawrenceville.



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