ATLANTA (WXIA) -- There are some new changes in store for those controversial HOT express toll lanes along I-85 in Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties.
First, the State Road & Tollway Authority voted Thursday to lower the minimum toll rate from 10 cents a mile to only a penny a mile, but only during non-peak periods.
Those times are between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays, and for most of the weekend.
Gov. Nathan Deal, who chairs the tollway authority, said it should persuade more drivers to use the HOT lanes around the clock.
"It will bring the usage in that road back up, hopefully, to comparable levels of use when it was simply a HOT lane," Deal said.
But some drivers ask, why even pay a penny a mile to use a HOT lane when the other lanes may not be overcrowded?
"I wouldn't use it," driver Kevin Bates told 11Alive News.