Transit improvements, carpooling campaign, and HOV to HOT conversion demonstration project cost $70,460,779 for capital and $55,896,725 for ongoing maintenance.

The Atlanta congestion reduction demonstration projects intended to reduce congestion on the I-85 corridor northeast of Atlanta with tolling, transit, transportation demand strategies, and technology.

Made Public Date
02/14/2017

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Atlanta
Georgia
United States
Identifier
2016-00364
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Summary Information

Deteriorating performance of the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-85 during peak periods as a result of heavy usage provided the focus of the Atlanta congestion reduction demonstration projects. To address the performance problems, the following strategies were deployed:

  • Conversion of the existing HOV lane to high occupancy/toll (HOT) lanes, called Express Lanes on 16 miles of I-85 northeast of Atlanta
  • Addition of 12 new buses and 3 new bus routes
  • Four new or expanded park and ride facilities
  • Targeted outreach to increase the number of 3-person carpools from existing 2-person carpools and single-occupant vehicles
  • Deployment of innovative enforcement technologies on the Express Lanes

Evaluation of the deployments considered the period before and a period of one year after deployment.

Costs

The Atlanta Congestion Reduction Demonstration (CRD) project costs were divided into Planning, Design, and Construction/Purchase Costs and Operations and Maintenance Costs. The following tables summarize the overall costs for the CRD projects in Atlanta.

Planning, Design, and Construction/Purchase Costs
 

CRD Project Component
Planning, Design, and Construction/Purchase Costs (2011 Dollars)
HOT Lanes on I-85
Highway Design
$6,755,030
Construction for Tolling (gantries, fiber, signs)*
$16,490,211
Tolling System (development, equipment, readers)
$24,068,187
Marketing and Communications
$3,300,000
Customer Service Center Start Up
$1,600,000
Enforcement
$573,000
TOTAL
$52,786,428
12 New Buses with 3 New Bus Routes*
$5,793,912
Park-and-Ride Lots (3 new and 1 expanded)
Mall of Georgia (lease)
$1,040,000
Dacula / Hebron Baptist (lease)
$495,000
I-985 / GA20 (expansion)*
$2,484,181
Hamilton Mill (new)*
$5,005,736
TOTAL
$9,024,917
Carpooling Outreach
Clean Air Campaign Lead
$57,000
SRTA Lead
$173,522
TOTAL
$230,522
Monitoring and Evaluation
National Evaluation
$625,000
Performance Monitoring
$2,000,000
TOTAL
$2,625,000
GRAND TOTAL
$70,460,779

*indicates this item will have a salvage value after 10 years

Operations and Maintenance Costs

CRD Project Component
Operations and Maintenance Costs (years 2011 to 2021 in 2011 dollars)
HOT Lanes on I-85
Overhead
$9,230,080
Traffic Operations Center
$3,130,908
Customer Service Center/Violations
$13,784,128
Lane Equipment
$8,498,179
ITS
$2,764,958
Enforcement
$1,870,413
Other
$1,382,479
TOTAL
$40,661,145
12 New Buses with 3 New Bus Routes
$15,121,391
Park-and-Ride Lots (3 new and 1 expanded)
$114,189
GRAND TOTAL
$55,896,725

Atlanta Congestion Reduction Demonstration: National Evaluation Report

Atlanta Congestion Reduction Demonstration: National Evaluation Report
Publication Sort Date
03/21/2014
Author
Zimmerman, Carol, et.al.
Publisher
USDOT Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration
Other Reference Number
FHWA-JPO-14-152

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System Cost

The Atlanta congestion reduction demonstration projects capital cost - $70,460,779 Ongoing Maintenance - $5,589,672 annually for 10 years