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New metro Atlanta toll lanes open Saturday

The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes in Cobb and Cherokee counties will open to traffic mid-morning Saturday. Here’s what you need to know.

The lanes: The Northwest Corridor consists of 30 miles of toll lanes on I-75 and I-575. The lanes are separated from regular traffic. They stretch from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road on I-75 and from I-75 to Sixes Road on I-575.

The lanes are reversible – they will carry traffic into Atlanta in the morning and out of town in the afternoon.

How to use them: You must have an active, registered Peach Pass on your vehicle, which allows the State Road and Tollway Authority to assess the toll electronically. You can register for a pass at www.peachpass.com.

The toll: For the first 14 days, the cost is free (you still need a Peach Pass). After that, the minimum toll on the lanes for most of the day is 10 cents a mile. The toll will rise as traffic gets worse.

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There is no maximum toll. But state officials expect the cost to be minimal at first, as the lanes likely will be lightly used.

Overnight (roughly midnight to 5 a.m.) the cost is just 50 cents per trip, regardless of the length of the trip.

More information: Visit www.peachpass.com.

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