The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes have won praise from commuters and several transportation awards. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

Metro Atlanta toll lanes earn national honor

The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes that opened last year continue to win praise – this time from a national transportation group.

The project won the People’s Choice Award at the America’s Transportation Awards at the recent annual meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The honor – awarded to the project with the most online votes – comes with a $10,000 cash prize, which will be used to support a charity or transportation-related scholarship. 

The $834 million project includes some 30 miles of reversible toll lanes on I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. Since they opened 13 months ago, the lanes have allowed motorists willing to pay by the mile to travel about 30 percent faster than drivers in the general purpose lanes. But drivers in the free lanes also have benefited – rush hour has been reduced by more than an hour in the corridor in the morning and evening. 

The lanes have won praise from many commuters, as well as several other transportation awards. 

It’s the second consecutive year Georgia has won the People’s Choice Award. Last year, it won for the Path 400 Trail in Buckhead.

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David Wickert
David Wickert
David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois...