Commuters sounded off about HOT lanes - CBS46 News

Commuters sounded off about HOT lanes

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Commuters who have complaints or concerns about the I-85 HOT lanes let their voices be heard Thursday night at a town hall meeting in Lawrenceville.

The town hall meeting was organized by stolenlanes.org, a coalition of three groups opposed to the HOT lanes.

The State Road and Tollway Authority and Georgia Department of Transportation have said they would not attend the meeting.

"It's just another slap in the face to the people of Georgia," said Howard Rodgers, an organizer of tonight's meeting. "They're not concerned with what we think. They think the rules they make are going to be in effect, and we can just go away."

CBS Atlanta tracked down the state transportation board chairman and the GDOT commissioner Keith Golden at Thursday's board meeting.

Reporter Renee Starzyk had tough questions about whether the two planned to attend the town hall meeting.

"Do you plan to be there?" Starzyk asked.

"No," said board chairman Rudy Bowen.

"Why not?" Starzyk pressed.

"I don't feel like that, you know… it's not something... turn it off, turn it off, turn it off," said Bowen as he tried to stop the camera from rolling by putting his hand over the lens.

Bowen and Golden both said they had not been invited to the town hall meeting.

"That's an absolute lie," said Howard, who told CBS Atlanta his organization invited all state transportation leaders and the governor.

Critics of the High Occupancy Toll lanes said few drivers use the lanes and that has caused more traffic congestion in the non-toll lanes.

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