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Things Get Heated at HOT Lane Town Hall

Some Gwinnett County residents say they felt duped and didn't get their concerns heard.

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 .

Eric De Loach October 25, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Turn back to HOV lanes for free
North Georgia Weather October 25, 2011 at 07:45 PM
I say we recall all of the politicians. :-)
Kristi Reed (Editor) October 25, 2011 at 07:52 PM
Maybe you need to start that petition drive ; )
North Georgia Weather October 25, 2011 at 08:06 PM
uuummmm... no. :-)
Tim Sullivan October 25, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Just wondering where all these angry people when the conversion was discussed about the HOT lanes, say., oh a year and a half or possibly two years ago? Folks ya got to get connected and stay engaged in what is going on. Being involved requires that you do more that cast a vote every couple of years. Ya got to stay engaged, attent commission meetings and show up to your local county commissioner meetings.
Ed Varn October 25, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Tim, I've done all that for years, and nothing changes. Why? Because we keep sending the same people back, or replace them with the same kind of people we're getting rid of. Until that changes, nothing else will. A sad indictment of our times, but true nonetheless.
Sheila Wiessel October 27, 2011 at 12:42 AM
Excuse me but didn't our tax money already pay for this road many times over? These people in office need to get a grip and learn to live within their budgets. I say you don't need all these people in office get rid of them and elect a few capable of doing their job.Tthere are entirely too many people holding office. The people have the power to put a stop to the stupidity and thats simple--Don't drive in the lane. You are just giving them more money to throw away keep your money in your own pocket. I saw on the news that you only save 4 minutes by driving in that lane and it cost you $1.85. Do your math and see what it really is costing you--you probably will be even madder. If not? Well you are as must of the problem as the politicians.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 27, 2011 at 03:22 AM
Hang in there Tim - there may be a chance to run again...

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