Spinning our Wheels

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Northwest Corridor Express lanes open this summer - you can’t use them without this


Those new toll lanes on I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties are expected to open this summer. In anticipation, the state is encouraging commuters to sign up for the Peach Passes they’ll need to use the lanes.

The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes will be reversible – open to traffic heading into Atlanta in the morning and to traffic heading out of town in the afternoon. The tolls will be adjustable – as traffic increases, so does the toll. The idea of raising the price is to discourage enough people from using them to keep traffic moving at 45 mph. 

To use the lanes, you’ll need a Peach Pass – a sticker attached to your car that allows the state to charge the toll electronically. The State Road and Tollway Authority will attend several community events this month to sign up commuters for the pass: 

*Today: Kennesaw State vs. Georgia State baseball game at KSU (6 p.m.). 

*May 19: Canton Festival of the Arts

*May 20: Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls game. 

You can also sign up for a Peach Pass online here.


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David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois, Virginia and Tennessee.