Today's read: inching along I-95
And what we can do about it: A traveler wrote to me about a frustrating weekend trips up and down I-95 in Virginia. This letter was on my mind because of the Virginia elections Tuesday. I replied in my Sunday column by saying that the next governor and General Assembly should build the high-occupancy toll lanes, raise the gas tax by 10 cents and then peg biannual increases to an index, such as the consumer price index, to finance further congestion relief and tie land-use plans more closely to transportation plans.
These are among the reader responses you can find along with the column:
-- "A truly dumb article. It states a few facts that people who live in this area already know. Nothing new, no suggestions. Did Dr. Gridlock actually get paid for this?"
-- "High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes will take something that was fast, effective and free, and will change it to slower, ineffective and expensive."
-- "Leadership is totally missing. Many people have been applying band-aids since this problem first started appearing. It's as though congested traffic is like some alien visitor from outer space that landed here in Virginia and everyone is running around crying the sky is falling and then heading into their own separate basement."
-- "Dr. Gridlock, stop trying to peddle the idea that any car-based system is going to get huge numbers of people anywhere."
We can talk about the column, about upcoming issues in getting around -- including holiday getaways -- and any other local traffic or transit issue on your mind at noon today during our regular Monday online discussion. Use this link to read the chat. Use this one if you'd like to submit a question or comment in advance.
November 2, 2009; 10:29 AM ET
Categories: Congestion , Driving , transit | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Today's Read
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