Gwinnett County residents were invited by State Senator Renee Unterman to attend a town hall Monday evening to discuss the HOT lane. When residents arrived at the event in Northview Church in Buford, many told Fox 5 Atlanta they were duped and could not speak out about the HOT lane. The meeting was originally scheduled to be a Republican town hall, but Unterman invited residents so they could discuss the HOT lane.
WSB-TV says many people who attended the event called it "a waste of time." Channel 2 says the first hour was spent listening to politicians and only a half hour was set aside to answer questions about the HOT lane. However, officials only answered questions submitted in advance in writing.
"They bamboozled us," Grayson resident Robert Thompson told an 11Alive reporter. "It was strictly political; all they wanted to do is make political speeches."
Since , the HOT lane has caused great controversy for commuters. Although lowered rates, there is still opposition and .