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Posted: August 30, 2011 9:53 a.m.

I-85 HOV lane to charge toll

ATLANTA (AP) - State officials say the HOV lane on a stretch of Interstate 85 in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties will start charging tolls in about a month.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( the State Road and Tollway Authority says it plans to start charging the toll on either Sept. 24 or Oct. 1, depending on when the system is ready.

The stretch of highway with the express lane runs from Chamblee Tucker Road in DeKalb County up to Old Peachtree Road in Gwinnett County.

Drivers who want to use the lanes will have to register for a transponder, called a Peach Pass.

Solo drivers and two-person car pools will have to pay the fee. Cars with three or more occupants will have to be registered but won't pay a toll.

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