Atlanta Toll Lane Project Gains Support From Cobb County

The Georgia Department of Transportation is continuing work on an expansion of I-285, claiming the new express lanes could cut travel times by as much as 39 percent.

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September 8, 2022, 6:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Rendering of proposed express lanes on I-285 in Atlanta, Georgia highlighted in bright purple.

Georgia Department of Transportation / Proposed express lanes on I-285 in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Labor Day, Georgia’s Cobb County unexpectedly expressed support for a plan by the state Department of Transportation to expand Interstate 285 by adding toll lanes from South Atlanta Road to Henderson Road. As Josh Green explains in Urbanize Atlanta, “The project would cross three counties (Cobb, Fulton, and DeKalb) and the jurisdictions of several cities (Smyrna, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, and Tucker).”

The article notes that “Another intent of the express lanes project, as GDOT has stressed from inception, is to provide mobility choices (and more reliable trip times) for metro Atlantans.” But the proposal, first revealed in 2019, does not add any new rail lines. Instead, “public transit providers that already operate buses and other vehicles in the corridor—MARTA, Xpress, and ‘state-registered vanpools’—will be able to use the new lanes for free, with no additional costs to riders, according to GDOT.” Pricing on the toll lanes will adjust in real time based on traffic conditions. GDOT estimates the toll lanes will be completed in 2032.

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