As of Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Just like gas prices, toll prices are taking their, well, toll on Interstate 85 commuters.
During Wednesday's morning rush hour, the express lane toll reached $5 to travel the 16 miles between Old Peachtree and Chamblee-Tucker roads. The price, which fluctuates based on traffic in an attempt to ensure the HOT lane remains free-flowing, hit its peak between 7:16 and 7:56 a.m., said State Road and Tollway Authority spokeswoman Malika Reed Wilkins.
"More and more motorists are choosing to use the express lanes, and pricing is used to manage the demand in the lanes so that motorists continue to experience reliable travel times," Wilkins said in an email.
Since official registration began in June 2011, the authority has issued more than 150,000 Peach Passes, the transponder needed to use the HOT lanes, which opened in October.
Wilkins said the authority continues to issue about 2,000 Peach Passes a week.
"We will continue to monitor the performance of the express lanes," she added.