In July 2012, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the state would pay off its bond debt and end tolls on GA 400 by December 2013. The ending date for GA 400 tolls has been tentatively set for Thursday, November 21, weather permitting. This date was selected to lessen the impact on Thanksgiving holiday travel. In the case of inclement weather, the ending date will be moved to November 22 or 23.
Plans for the demolition of the toll booths and other aspects of the project are still being finalized. However, preliminary plans call for all GA 400 traffic to shift into three general purpose lanes where motorists currently use the electronic tolling lanes. Construction activities will likely begin in October 2013 to make preparations for the traffic shift in November. Once traffic is shifted, there is no heavy demolition work expected to take place during the winter holidays.
Atlanta’s commuters rely heavily on the GA 400 Extension to facilitate commutes between work and home. Completed in 1993, the GA 400 Extension got its start through funding from the 1987 Federal Highway Act, which provided $98 million for a “High Technology Demonstration Project” to bring electronic toll collection (ETC) using automated vehicle identification to the area. It was the first project of its kind in the United States.
Today, about 119,000 people use the 6.2-mile system every weekday. Approximately 41% percent of all vehicles traveling GA 400 use the all-electronic toll lanes or “Cruise” lanes. Customers who have a Cruise Card or Peach Pass can use the “Cruise” lanes 24 hours a day and enjoy the convenience of not stopping at a toll booth.
The State Road and Tollway’s (SRTA) Board, chaired by the Governor of Georgia, is responsible for the accounting of these toll funds and annually adopts a budget allocating all revenue in order to ensure safe and efficient operations of the system.
The toll rate for most cars is .50 cents. See the attached Toll Rates Chart for toll amounts for multiple axles.
If you would like to learn more about GA 400, visit www.georgiatolls.com.