I-85 Toll Rate Pricing
Toll rates on the I-85 Express Lanes are based on the concept of dynamic pricing.
The pricing for use of the Express Lanes varies between .01 cent and .90 cents per mile based on traffic flow. Ultimately, the price of the I-85 Express Lanes at a specific location and point in time is determined by consumer demand. As demand for use of the Express Lanes increases, the toll amount will rise to ensure that motorists using the Express Lanes will experience a more reliable trip time. As traffic in the Express Lanes decreases, the toll price will also decrease. Rates are recalculated at a configurable time period (minimum of every 5 minutes), 24 hours a day.
Toll rates are displayed at each Express Lanes entry point on changeable message signs (pictured above), allowing drivers to choose whether entering the Express Lanes makes sense for them at any given time. The top rate displayed on the sign is the fee from the upcoming entry point to the next exit, while the bottom rate is the fee from that entry point to the last Express Lanes exit. If a motorist exits in between entry points, the toll rate will be between the two displayed rates. Once a motorist enters at that point, his or her toll rate will not change.
In the case of a traffic incident in or near the I-85 Express Lanes, toll rate signs also may display one of the following messages:
- HOT3+ ONLY – Express Lane restricted to carpools of 3 or more. Sign displayed to safely divert traffic out of the Express Lane and around a blockage in the roadway up ahead.
- OPEN TO ALL – Express Lane open to all vehicles with less than six axles at no charge, including those without a Peach Pass. Sign displayed to safely divert traffic around a blockage in one or more of the general purpose lanes.