I-85 Express Lanes


In November of 2008, the United States Department of Transportation Congestion Reduction Demonstration (CRD) Program awarded a $110 million grant to the Atlanta region to support a $182 million transportation improvement project. The project is designed to provide more reliable travel times, commuter choices, and regional transit enhancements that will double the Xpress service in the I-85 corridor, support Xpress facilities throughout the region, and add more Xpress coaches.

Included in the program was the conversion of a 16-mile stretch I-85 from Old Peachtree Road to Chamblee Tucker Road, just south of I-285, from High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to High Occupancy Toll, or Express Lanes. Since their opening in October 2011, usage of the I-85 Express Lanes has more than tripled.

This CRD initiative is being implemented by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA), the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and a number of federal, regional and local transportation partners.

Click on the links below to download fact sheets providing more information about the project.

Transit Advantages

Congestion Reduction Demonstration Grant

Market Research

Occupancy Requirements

Overview and Benefits

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