More incentives offered for carpooling

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August 1, 2012 - Newnan - Amber Rogers (left) takes the wheel as Leah Gaillot and Caleb Britt film their segment on texting and driving. Students at Central Education Center, a public charter school in Cowetta County, help produce "The Link", a local cable television program. CEC has received national acclaim for its efforts in preparing students for work after high school. The students also produced their own segment on for the show on the dangers of texting and driving. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Yet another incentive is being offered by the state to help nudge drivers out of the overcrowded and increasingly pricey HOT lane on I-85.

Drivers with Peach Pass can earn up to $100 in toll credits for the I-85 express lane by starting a two-plus person carpool, the State Road and Tollway Authority announced last week.

This is the third such credit program launched in recent months. The aim is to reduce traffic in the lane during peak hours that at times brings speeds to a crawl.

The cost to drive in the express lane has been trending upward since the I-85 HOT lane opened in 2011. The price hit a record high of $11 to travel the entire 16-mile length on the morning of April 21.

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Peach Pass customers who start a carpool and ride in the express lanes can earn $3 a day, up to $100, from Georgia Commute Options. Participants can get another $3, up to $100, in toll credits over a 90-day period.

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