GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- For two mornings in a row, the high-occupancy toll lane along Interstate 85 reached a record $8 for people who traveled the entire 16 miles from Old Peachtree Road to Chamblee-Tucker Road.

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The record toll was charged Tuesday and Wednesday from roughly 6:59 a.m. to 7:52 a.m.

The new record beat a record set earlier this summer when the price jumped to $7.

For nearly a half hour June 26, the variable pricing reached $7 to travel the same 16-mile stretch.

The HOT lanes opened a year ago. the State Road and Tollway Authority stress it is an optional toll.

If motorists need to get somewhere faster, they can move into the far left, almost always faster lane.

11Alive's Duffie Dixon asked Governor Nathan Deal his reaction to the new higher toll of $8.

"It's important to remember only 10 percent of HOT lane drivers travel that entire 16 mile stretch and the majority of the time the average price is $1.40 to $1.50," said Deal.

He said the fact that the toll went up during the busiest time on the interstate shows it is doing what it was designed to do.

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