Georgia Express Lanes are optional priced lanes that run alongside existing interstates in some of the most congested corridors around metro Atlanta. These lanes provide a choice for drivers to bypass congestion when desired, offer a clear path for transit operators and add an alternative to the roads that exist today. Express Lanes are intended to provide a mobility choice and more reliable travel times in peak periods for motorists and bus patrons. The result is a network of lanes that provide more reliable and predictable trip times. All operational Georgia Express Lanes rely on congestion-based pricing to maintain free-flowing travel even during peak travel times. The future express lanes on I-285 and SR 40 will be managed by market-based pricing, where the private-sector partner(s) will set tolls that reflect market conditions. Express lanes are already open on I-85 and I-75, but more corridors are in development and in different configurations.
Currently, all operational express lanes in Georiga are owned by GDOT and operation of pricing aspects of the lanes, including all customer service functions related to the Peach Pass is managed by the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA). The planned express lanes on I-285 and SR 400 will be operated and maintained by a private-sector partner(s) in exchange for toll revenue from the express lanes.