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Get There: August 19, 2007 - August 25, 2007

Reaching the Beach By Rail?

Thinking about the beach as summer winds down has got me in a mood to share a rebuttal letter in response to a Dr. Gridlock column in which I downplayed the potential for rail service between the Washington area and Ocean City as a way of easing traffic congestion. The writer invites us to "think innovatively but practically" about transportation options. Dear Dr. Gridlock: I think you were wrong to dismiss a rail line from Love Point [on Kent Island] to Ocean City. You were rignt that it is a lower priority than the Purple Line or the Corridor Cities light rail line but you are wrong to thinik of it as a small pie with only so many pieces to cut out and distribute. Transprtation is part of our distribution system. It is an economic issue as well as an engineering issue. If the rail line less costly than...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 21, 2007; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (413)
Categories:  Getaway  
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Anti-HOT Lane Petition Online

A commuter from Prince William County wrote in to advise us that opponents of the process Virginia is following to create express toll lanes along I-95/395 have a petition online. I'll discuss that in an upcoming Dr. Gridlock column, but I thought some of you might like to hear about it now and have an online link. Dear Dr. Gridlock: The citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia are tired of the secretive nature of the study regarding the conversion of the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes to Hight Occupancy or Toll lanes on I-95. The Virginia Department of Transportation and Fluor Daniels, the contractor, have had numerous "public" meetings at which they tell the citizens of Virginia how this system will work, but they refuse to hold an open forum to allow direct questions from the citizens of Northern Virginia and provide answers to those questions. It appears that the conversion...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 20, 2007; 5:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (367)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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