I-77 toll lanes now open to larger vehicles

I-77 toll lanes now open to larger vehicles
I-77 Mobility Partners opened the final stretch of the express lanes in late 2019. (MELISSA KEY/ CBJ)

CHARLOTTE — Commuters between uptown Charlotte and the Lake Norman area might notice a change on Interstate 77 this morning. Today marks the start of a three-year pilot program allowing “extended vehicles” to travel in the toll lanes.

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Extended vehicles are defined as those with no more than two axles but measuring more than 22 feet, such as a box truck, or two-axle vehicles towing a single-axle trailer like those often used for boats or lawn-care equipment.

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Those vehicles will be charged a higher rate than smaller, low-occupancy vehicles.

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