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Today's read: roads and rails

Today's Post had several stories of top interest to travelers, but the news wasn't so good.

Costly connector: The Maryland Transportation Authority approved rates Thursday for the Intercounty Connector, but the toll road will not pay for itself, even with rates that will amount to as much as $6.15 each way for drivers traveling the entire length. Revenue from Maryland's seven other toll routes will help subsidize the highway's annual costs. (Katherine Shaver)

Here's a chart showing the toll plan.

Metro considering cuts: These aren't the cuts looming for the fiscal year that starts in July. No, these could come in late January or in February, because Metro is facing a shortfall of $40 million in its current budget. One option: no eight-car trains. (Ann Scott Tyson)

These are among the issues we could talk about at noon Monday during our weekly online discussion.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Today's read  
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I understand that metro is in a bind, however these cuts are severe, especially the 30 min wait during the weekend and weekday nights. This service cut needs to be rethought. I'd much prefer having fares raised than some of these cuts to service.

And I hope Mr. Catoe does not think for one second that we are buying that ridership is down as a result of the economy. That may be a reason, but it is down because metro murdered 9 innocent people in June, and another couple of workers bringing metro's murder rate to the double digits this year. That is why.

Posted by: JG55 | December 18, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Cutting peak-hour service would probably be the death knell for me and Metro, and that makes me extremely sad. I'm a huge advocate for using mass transit, and I look at having to drive (especially solo in the car, wastefully) the way I look at going to the dentist: I'll do it if I have to, but you aren't ever going to convince me it's enjoyable.

But the thing is, I'm already having to let an orange line train or two go past without me on it, in the mornings, because I'm far enough up the line that they're all full. I'm already waiting 7 - 9 minutes just for the first one (and right around 8:00 a.m.) and staying there another 3 - 8 minutes for the next one. I'm already taking 60 minutes to make a 50 minute commute on the best of days, and I just can't keep this up.

Leaving home at the same time as I did all through 2008 and spring 2009, I'm consistently getting to work 15 minutes later than I did. I'm consistently making my knee problems way, way worse with the ways I've been forced to contort myself around other passengers while attempting to find a handhold (on the 6000-series trains), and the irregular jerking of the trains.

So I really don't want to be done with it. I've been relying on subways all my life, in every city I've lived in. But I'm already at $7 a day for an experience that's making me late to work and causing me physical problems... I don't know that I could or should pay more just for a worse situation.

Posted by: EtoilePB | December 18, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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