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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Feds deny Georgia's request to allow two-person car pools in terrible, terrible HOT lanes

Gov. Nathan Deal's plea to allow two-person car pools to use controversial HOT lanes along I-85 — a move that could curb some of the hate mail his office is surely receiving about the toll project — has been denied, CBS Atlanta reports.

In a letter to state transportation leaders, the U.S. DOT wrote, "The HOT lane has only been operating for a brief period, and we believe it is too early to evaluate its effectiveness at this time."

The letter also said the toll rates and drivers' unfamiliarity with the lanes may be contributing to their low use.

Citizen groups that organized on Facebook after finding themselves sitting in I-85 gridlock — which they say has worsened thanks to the pay-to-ride lanes — promise to continue the fight. In other news, sales of pitchforks and rotten vegetables perfect for throwing at the powers-that-be have gone way up. Buy buy buy!

Note: This post has been altered to correct an error.

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