Federal transportation officials have denied Georgia’s request for a waiver to allow two-person carpools in the much-debated I-85 HOT lanes, reports CBS Atlanta.

HOT lane rules dictate only cars carrying three or more people can use the lanes at no charge.

The station reported that in a letter to state transportation leaders, the U.S. DOT wrote, “The HOT lane has only been operating for a brief period, and we believe it is too early to evaluate its effectiveness at this time.”

Federal officials also said they think drivers’ unfamiliarity with the lanes and tolls may be contributing to low use.

Commuters have complained the new HOT lanes have made drives much longer.

Howard Rodgers, the head of a local group opposed to toll lanes, and who co-founded stolenlanes.org, told the station he and others will travel to Washington to talk with federal officials in an effort

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