Let's Talk Transportation This Afternoon
Join me for an online discussion at 1 p.m. about all our local traffic and transit issues. Use this link to reach the discussion. And here's a link if you'd like to submit a question or comment in advance.
Transit users, I'd like to hear what you think about Metro's efforts to balance its budget. It matters to you as taxpayers, because the local jurisdictions heavily subsidize the transit authority. And it matters to you as riders, because the Metro board could decide on Thursday on a set of service cutbacks to discuss with riders at upcoming public hearings. I wrote about that on The Post's Commuter page in Sunday's Metro section.
Drivers, see what you think of this letter writer's complaint, which appeared in my Dr. Gridlock column on Sunday.
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
I drive Interstate 270 twice daily, and I am appalled at the fundamental lack of decent traffic reporting by any TV or radio news stations.
My least favorite word has to be "volume," which can mean anything from "packed but traveling at 55" to "packed but traveling at 5 mph." Could someone please provide us with more details? How about average travel speed? How about estimated travel time from point A to point B? How about covering all six major arteries into the District each and every time you report on traffic?
WTOP can go a full 30 minutes and never mention 270 once, all while I am sitting in the middle of 270 wondering what the heck is going on.
And one more thing on my wish list: Next time an accident ties up 270 or any major artery with an HOV lane, let's make it mandatory to open up the HOV lanes and stop punishing the majority for the stupidity of one.
My taxes pay for all lanes, HOV or not, and if someone cannot drive in a straight line on 270 without running into someone, I should not be penalized further by not being allowed to use the HOV lane as a backup because one of my lanes of traffic is now out of commission.
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