COBB COUNTY, Ga. - The Northwest Metro Express Lanes are officially opening this weekend and good news for drivers: the lanes will be free for two weeks.
Any driver with a registered Peach Pass won't have to pay to drive the toll lanes.
Channel 2 Action News has been covering the project of the lanes in Cobb and Cherokee since the construction began four years ago.
The new lanes on I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties will operate with a dynamic tolling system, just like the existing lanes on I-75 and I-85.
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Officials with State Road and Tollway Authority told Channel 2's Audrey Washington that sales are up about 30 to 40 percent over the past three months.
Washington and a Channel 2 Action News photographer were in Cobb Wednesday afternoon to speak with drivers waiting to purchase their passes.
"I probably won't use them every day, but if I have to get somewhere at a certain time, I'll use them," said Greg Watson, who believes the express lanes will help cut his commute by almost 40 minutes.
You can purchase a Peach Pass in person at the following locations:
- Department of Driver Services, 310 Hurricane Shoals, NE, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
- Department of Driver Services, 619 Tanger Boulevard, Locust Grove, GA 30248
- Department of Driver Services, 3690 Old 41 Highway NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
- Peach Pass Retail Center, 245 Peachtree Center Ave., Ground Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303-1224
There will be extended Customer Service Center call hours at 1-855-PCH-PASS (724-7277) this weekend at the following times:
- Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 9 from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.
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