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Posted at 8:35 PM ET, 02/13/2011
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Commuter jams aren't Arlington's fault

By Michael Andrews, Arlington

The Post needs to stop blaming Arlington County for congestion on Interstate 395 and stop believing the fantasy of high-occupancy toll lanes that someone living 50 miles from the District will ever be able to drive alone to his D.C. office without delays ["Traffic jam," editorial, Feb. 11].

I-395 is congested for the same reasons Metro is congested: too much office space in the District in relation to the city's small population, and too many people who live far from it. Commercial office developers in the District and residential track developers in the exurbs continue to profit while creating commuting nightmares, yet they bear none of the costs.

The people of Arlington County aren't responsible for this situation, and they don't deserve the bullying and contempt they've received.

By Michael Andrews, Arlington  | February 13, 2011; 8:35 PM ET
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hey Arlington County, you won but for the wrong reasons. its the HOT lanes that are descpicable. not the road widening. you shoudl be sued to allow the road widening. just not HOT lanes. HOT lanes take a public rsourse and give it to a developer for profit. WRONG> the gov shoudl build and run the road.

Posted by: submarinerssn774 | February 13, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

The people of Arlington aren't responsible...as the writer suggests...but the politicians of Arlington are. There's virtually nothing that they've done over the past six to eight years except stand there and suggest more studies. Everyone is beginning to realize this game.

Posted by: pepsionice | February 14, 2011 5:22 AM | Report abuse

I hate to break it to the people in Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford, but Arlington isn't just something you have to drive through to get to Washington, and we are not going to allow ourselves to be paved over for your commuting pleasure.

Posted by: ksu499 | February 14, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Here, here! There are reasons why Arlington is the most prosperous, has the lowest unemployment and maintains the most resilient real estate market in the state. One is the forward thinking stance of the county board. They realize that there is a limit to commuter pass-thru capacity. The solution isn't a completely blacktopped Arlington. The HOT lanes project was truly a gift to both developers and those who could afford to use it. It left everyone else, including the county, holding the bag. Good riddance!

Posted by: lectricbass | February 14, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Blaming developers for congestion is like blaming dairy farmers for obesity. The appetite drives the dynamic, not the production.
And further, a developer there is minimizing the external costs by developing where the infrastructure is least expensive.
This letter is a classic case of missing the forests for the trees.

Posted by: krickey7 | February 14, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Blaming developers for congestion is like blaming dairy farmers for obesity. The appetite drives the dynamic, not the production.
And further, a developer in DC is minimizing the external costs by developing where the infrastructure is least expensive.
This letter is a classic case of missing the forests for the trees.

Posted by: krickey7 | February 14, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

"I hate to break it to the people in Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford, but Arlington isn't just something you have to drive through to get to Washington, and we are not going to allow ourselves to be paved over for your commuting pleasure."

"Here, here! There are reasons why Arlington is the most prosperous, has the lowest unemployment and maintains the most resilient real estate market in the state. One is the forward thinking stance of the county board. They realize that there is a limit to commuter pass-thru capacity."
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So nce again Arlington stands in the way of congestion relief, plays the "victim" while simultaneously crowing their "forward thinking" and how "their way" is the only way and "screw everyone else".

Exactly WHO does Arlington think pays the lion's share of the cost of the Metro system that has made their "superior" way of life possible?

Just a thought...

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 14, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I hate to break it to the people in Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford, but Arlington isn't just something you have to drive through to get to Washington, and we are not going to allow ourselves to be paved over for your commuting pleasure.

Posted by: ksu499
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Please explain how allowing lanes of 2 EXISTING lanes of an EXISTING highway to be retrofitted is "allowing yourselves to be paved over" for anyone's "commuting pleasure".

I'll wait.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 14, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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