States Are Adding Express Toll Portions to Their Roads, Irking Some Drivers
Wall Street Journal 11/28/13 By Cameron McWhirter
Rush-hour drivers in congested U.S. cities are increasingly facing a stark choice: stay stuck in traffic or pay to get in the fast lane.
Special express toll lanes are being added to highways and can only be used if drivers pony up. With High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, carpoolers, who drive for free, are joined by drivers who pay if they don’t have the requisite number of passengers.
Express toll lanes charge a fee to all cars. The amount of the toll varies depending on traffic conditions and time of day, ranging, in metro Atlanta, from as much as 90 cents a mile during rush-hour congestion to as little as one cent a mile during off-peak times. Drivers who wish to use the lanes use a transponder mounted on their car, and the tolls are collected electronically.