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Posted at 5:52 PM ET, 02/14/2011
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Commuters shouldn't call the shots in Arlington

By Steve Jaeger, Arlington

Whenever I read a letter or an opinion from a politician from outside of Arlington County, usually a Republican, demanding that Arlington knuckle under to pressure and widen Interstate 66 or Interstate 395, it makes my blood boil [“Arlington’s roadblocks to traffic relief,” Local Opinions, Feb. 13].

What these politicians fail to mention is that those of us who live along the corridors of these roads will have our lives disrupted or even uprooted so that outlying communities can have an easier commute. Arlington has led the region in smart growth; higher-density population areas are built up around Metro and commercial districts and not just thrown willy-nilly wherever space can be found.

By Steve Jaeger, Arlington  | February 14, 2011; 5:52 PM ET
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From the letter:

"What these politicians fail to mention is that those of us who live along the corridors of these roads will have our lives disrupted or even uprooted so that outlying communities can have an easier commute."

Your lives will be disrupted even more if commuters spill over onto Arlington's residential streets should I-66 and and I-395 not be widened.

We can't count on Metro and other forms of mass transit alone to solve commuting issues. Metro has proven unreliable far too many times and buses travel on the same congested streets as cars.

Posted by: austinrl | February 15, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"What these politicians fail to mention is that those of us who live along the corridors of these roads will have our lives disrupted or even uprooted so that outlying communities can have an easier commute. Arlington has led the region in smart growth; higher-density population areas are built up around Metro and commercial districts and not just thrown willy-nilly wherever space can be found."

You are talking nonsense - alright, you're lying.

There is not now or ever has been any plan to "pave over" or "uproot" Arlington to build any new roads - or improve existing ones.

The HOT planned lanes project involved upgrading the EXISTING HOV lanes on I-395 to accomodate the toll-paying traffic. The footprint of I-395 was NOT planned to be expanded.

The "widening" of I-66 is not widening in the true sense; it involves pushing out the shoulder to accomodate and additional travel lane WITHIN THE EXISTING FOOTPRINT.

As for having your "lives disrupted", what on Earth do you call all that traffic that must go through your neighborhoods when the HOV restrictions on I-66 are in effect? Sightseers?

You oppose road improvements in Arlington. Fine. Call it what is - obstructionism for purely selfish and/or ideological reasons (pick one):

You don't want to be the least bit inconvenience to accomodate your neighbors.

You're pleased with yourselves for having adopted a so-called "smart growth" development strategy.

You look down on your neighbors for following suit, believe they should very well suffer for their "choices", and couldn't care less about their commute because it's not your problem.

You agree with your Broad's policy of discouraging single drivers from using the highways that traverse your turf.

Either one is fine with me; we're all entitled to our opinions.

But spare us the playing of the put-upon "victim". You're not.

And by all means spare us the lies.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 15, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"What these politicians fail to mention is that those of us who live along the corridors of these roads will have our lives disrupted or even uprooted so that outlying communities can have an easier commute. Arlington has led the region in smart growth; higher-density population areas are built up around Metro and commercial districts and not just thrown willy-nilly wherever space can be found."

You are talking nonsense - alright, you're lying.

There is not now or ever has been any plan to "pave over" or "uproot" Arlington to build any new roads - or improve existing ones.

The HOT planned lanes project involved upgrading the EXISTING HOV lanes on I-395 to accomodate the toll-paying traffic. The footprint of I-395 was NOT planned to be expanded.

The "widening" of I-66 is not widening in the true sense; it involves pushing out the shoulder to accomodate an additional travel lane in each direction WITHIN THE EXISTING FOOTPRINT.

As for having your "lives disrupted", what on Earth do you call all that traffic that must go through your neighborhoods when the HOV restrictions on I-66 are in effect? Sightseers?

You oppose road improvements in Arlington. Fine. Call it what is - obstructionism for purely selfish and/or ideological reasons (pick one):

You don't want to be the least bit inconvenienced to accomodate your neighbors.

You're pleased with yourselves for having adopted a so-called "smart growth" development strategy.

You look down on your neighbors for not following suit, believe they should very well suffer for their "choices", and couldn't care less about their commute because it's not your problem.

You agree with your County Board's policy of discouraging single drivers from using the highways that traverse your turf.

Either one is fine with me; we're all entitled to our opinions.

But spare us the playing of the put-upon "victim". The people of Arlington aren't "victims".

The REAL "victims" in this are the thousands of commuters who have to stew in traffic simply because they aren't fortunate enough to be able have a nice place to live close to their jobs - like YOU do. Especially those who are taxed to subsidize the Metro system that makes Arlington's precious "smart growth" possible. A Metro system that they, BTW, can't use.

And by all means spare us the lies.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 15, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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