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Free app allows I-85 drivers to change toll status

ATLANTA -- There's an app for the Peach Pass.

The "Peach Pass GO!" application for mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad and Android devices, was unveiled earlier this week.

The technology allows for online account management for the Peach Pass, which is used to access Interstate 85's toll lanes and pay Ga. Highway 400 tolls.

"We're extremely pleased and excited to provide our customers with this new and convenient way of accessing their Peach Pass account and changing their toll mode," said Gena Evans, executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority. "Now changing your toll mode can be done with a few taps on your mobile device and confirmation of your toll mode change appears in seconds."

The app has a disclaimer explaining that people should not use it while driving. In fact, it shuts down if people answer a question that they are driving. But it gives people access to their accounts from anywhere.

It allows people planning to carpool with at least two others to change their toll status to travel in the lanes for free. They can also check their transactions.

In the past, customers had to use a computer or call the Peach Pass customer service center to change their toll status.

More than 120,000 Peach Pass transponders have been assigned to motorists for the HOT lanes that opened along I-85 in October.

The app is free and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and the Android Market.

Comments

kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

do you really think people are not going to be driving when they change their status? I thought it took a while for a free-status to be changed to a pay-status. Can someone explain this again in this paper?

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Hangdog 2 years, 2 months ago

I can explain it. First, they told you that you have to change it 20 minutes ahead of time, but now they say the app changes the toll immediately. So, if you pick up 2 hitchhikers on the way to work, you can change your toll status to NONTOLL. However, if you pick the 4 hour window of NONTOLL, it never resets after the 4 hours, leaving you in nontoll status. So, let's say you are late for work and hope in the lane. You get stopped and they look at their super-duper machines and see that you are nontoll with only one person in the car...BAM, they fine you because their stupid, nonworking app doesn't reset the toll status after that 4 hours when you were actually a valid 3 person car pool.

Surprising???? Nope, not knowing SRTA's horrible, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants history.

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R 2 years, 2 months ago

More state (or will it be local county) revenue by cell phone fines! BRILLIANT!
Makes me want to break open a Guinness...

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 2 months ago

Big government: Do you gleefully enjoy being extorted and robbed of your hard-earned money at gunpoint? We've got an app for that!

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 2 months ago

I-85 HOT Lanes (more like I-85 NOT lanes): FAIL

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hpytravlr 2 years, 2 months ago

Not voting for Deal or any other Republican. But Gwinnett will vote them all back in and we will be stuck with higher taxes.

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Hangdog 2 years, 2 months ago

Deal barely got the nomination last time. No way I'm voting for him in the primary or the general election, strictly on his failure on this issue to get SRTA and Gena Evans, Ph. D., in line and quit screwing Gwinnett County commuters/taxpayers.

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JohnGalt 2 years, 2 months ago

Did they forget to charge us for the App and an access tax every time we use the App?

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Mack711 2 years, 2 months ago

Thought it was against the law to use or text a hand held device whild operating a motor vehicle ? Try to do that while on a motor cycle Now the state is encouraging you to break the law. WOW what a thought!!!! The only way Peach Pass will work is when it is retired to a museum never to be used again.

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jack 2 years, 2 months ago

Want to make it easier for the government to take your money? There's an app for that!

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Hangdog 2 years, 2 months ago

Send the app back to the drawing board, and take Gena Evans, Ph. D. and SRTA with you. Or, and GDOT, and the governor and ex-governor who allowed and continue to let this HOT lane fiasco continue. Sure, let Cobb off the hook....but keep our stolen lane. Say goodbye to your T-SPLOST money if Gwinnett TAXPAYERS and VOTERS have anything to say about it.

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Hangdog 2 years, 2 months ago

Sorry..hit the enter key to quickly...ugh.

As typical of a Gena Evans run organization, SRTA continues to fail miserably. Problems with the app so far: 1) no way to quit it, even though the latest update said a Quit button was added 2) if you change your toll to free, using the 4 hour window, it NEVER changes back, 3) it is very clunky to work through 4) history of your usage is not expandable 5) the interface looks and works like it was designed by a jr. high school dropout in his garage.

Our state government continues to outdo themselves with this issue. Stick it to Gwinnett by stealing a travel lane with huge tolls, quickly reduce tolls, then change to the mantra that it isn't for improving congestion, then once they realize that the idea is horrible, back out of their plans to shove this horrible idea down Cobb's throat, all the while, forcing Gwinnett voters, commuters and taxpayers to be stuck with this debacle. I'm remember this crap come voting time, ESPECIALLY where T-SPLOST and our current governor are involved.

In the meantime, send that crappy app back to the drawing board and quit trumpeting your failures as successes.

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