These lanes are now “Peach Pass” lanes, and once you register for a Peach Pass, you can pay to use these express lanes, even if you’re the only person in the car.
UPDATE: Hmm, so some of the Bert Show was tempted to use those lanes this weekend, even though they didn’t have a pass. Do the violation fines really cost hundreds – even thousands – of dollars?
If you plan to use the lanes: You must have a Peach Pass. The following vehicles are exempt from the tolls (but STILL need a pass): If you carpool and have three or more passengers, transit vehicles, AFV with AFV tags, emergency vehicles and motorcycles.
If you’re not an exempt vehicle (see above), you can still use the lane, but you’ll need a pass and will have to pay the tolls.
You pre-pay the Peach Pass online, much like the GA 400-toll card (in fact, the Peach Pass works on 400, as well, but you don’t have to get a new card if you already have one), and then it deducts express lane fees and any tolls automatically.
We’ve now found two – count ‘em – TWO people who like the Peach Pass! It’s catching on! That’s almost like a zillionth of the population of Atlanta, folks!
Say again – so what exactly is a Peach Pass?
From the Peach Pass website: “A Peach Pass is a small, thin electronic toll collection device similar to the GA Cruise Card that adheres to a vehicle windshield OR a bumper that mounts to the front of your vehicle. The Peach Pass is connected to an account established with the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) that automatically deducts the proper tolls when used on the I-85 Express Lanes and GA 400. It is a safe, secure, and convenient option that eliminates the need to stop at a tollbooth.”