NORCROSS: 8 things you need to know about I-85 express lanes | News
ATLANTA -- The express lanes along Interstate 85 in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties go into effect on Saturday. Before you hit the highway, here's what you need to know.
- You must obtain a Peach Pass (peachpass.com) OR have a current Cruise Card to use the Express Lanes, even if you qualify for carpool.
- Prior to using Express Lanes, select your toll status (either 'Toll' or 'No Toll') at Peachpass.com or by calling 1-855-PCH-PASS 15 minutes prior to using the lanes. (We recommend doing this online to avoid distracted driving and a time-consuming phone maze).
- Use of Express Lanes is free for vehicles with three or more occupants. (Provided Peach Pass toll status is set to 'No Toll'). Two or fewer occupants will pay between .10 and .90 per mile depending on traffic volume. Toll amounts will be listed on electronic message boards.
- Enter Express Lanes through dashed lines ONLY. If you cross the double solid lines, cameras will capture your license plate and you will receive a $25 fine in the mail. If a patrol officer catches you, you could be fined up to $150.
- Inside the perimeter, (excluding a small stretch around Chamblee Tucker Road) Express Lanes revert back to HOV lanes for vehicles with two or more occupants. Single occupancy vehicles are not allowed. Motorcycles are an exception.
- Not all interstate exchanges provide Express Lane access. Be sure to plan your trip in advance to avoid getting 'trapped' in an Express Lane.
- If you paid for a Peach Pass several weeks ago and still haven't received it, email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
- On Monday Oct. 3, a representative from the Tollway Authority will join 11Alive in studio from 6-7 a.m., to answer remaining questions via live chat. So be sure to wake up with 11Alive Monday morning.
For additional information, visit the Peach Pass website.