LAWRENCEVILLE -- Fees for driving in HOT lanes on I-85 Tuesday morning were at their highest in months.
Malika Reed Wilkins, communications director with the State Road and Tollway Authority, said Tuesday morning's rush hour rate of $4.75 "has been the highest...during the a.m. peak" since Gov. Nathan Deal in October 2011 authorized a 40 percent reduction of the toll costs.
At $4.75, it's about 30 cents a mile for the express lane system, which can fluctuate between 1 and 99 cents a mile based on traffic congestion in the corridor.
Wilkins said the HOT Lanes reached $5.45 during the first week of operations prior to the Governor's decision to slash costs.
According to the State Road and Tollway Authoritys' website, the toll increases are based on the amount of congestion on I-85.
"The project is designed to provide more reliable travel times, commuter choices and regional transit enhancements," according to the website.
Since opening, usage of the I-85 Express Lanes has more than tripled, according to SRTA.
The 16-mile stretch runs from I-85 Old Peachtree Road to Chamblee Tucker Road, just south of I-285.
For more information, visit www.georgiatolls.com.