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Posted at 7:12 PM ET, 02/21/2011
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HOT lanes: Don't fence us in

By Peter Harnik, Arlington

One reason that Arlingtonians and Alexandrians are unhappy with The Post editorial board's relentless drumbeat to widen highways in those jurisdictions ["Arlington County wins a battle over HOT lanes but may lose a war," Feb. 10] is that they already bear more of the highway brunt than any other places in the metropolitan area -- way more.

Just look at the number of lane-miles of interstate highway compared with the size of each jurisdiction. The average for the region is 1.39 lane-miles per square mile. It's 2.34 for Arlington and 2.90 for Alexandria. This is considerably more than in the District and in Prince George's, Fairfax, Montgomery and Prince William counties.

One friend describes her Arlington neighborhood of Cherrydale as "a median strip between I-66 and Lee Highway."

Arlington is happy to do its part to help people get from place to place. We ask only that they traverse our county in groups -- on Metro or in carpools -- rather than in single-occupant cars that keep encroaching onto our median strips, er, neighborhoods.


The writer is a member of the Arlington Coalition for Sensible Transportation.

By Peter Harnik, Arlington  | February 21, 2011; 7:12 PM ET
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Ironic. The selfish liberals of Arlington, whose support for open borders has led to an enormous population increase that has devastated much of the country, complain because that population drives.
Go NumbersUSA!

Posted by: ErikKengaard | February 21, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Harnik,

You want to play the "victim" in this, fine.

But don't lie. No highway in Arlington was planned to be "widened". Extra capacity was to be added to the EXISTING footprints by shifting lanes and shoulders.

In these discussions, Arlington apologists have clearly stated a position of hostility towards its neighbors. We've been scolded, belittled, and called names for not adopting the "Arlington Way" of dense development centered around Metro stations and more than one of you has pretty much said we can basically rot in traffic for all they care.

By it's recent actions, Arlington has demonstrated that their idea of "Sensible Transportation" is to do absolutely nothing to improve road capacity within its borders and to vigoursly oppose and reject any proposed solution. Arlington's lawsuit against the HOT lane proposal went beyond the pale.

What the Arlington apologists have all failed to mention in this argument is that your neighbors have contributed generously to the cost of building and maintaining the Metro ssystem that has made the "Arlington Way" possible.

Regarding the "sacrifices" you claim Arlington has made for motorists, you omitted one simple fact: Vehicles that sit idling in stop and go traffic pollute far more than traffic that moves along at a steady pace. Guess who is breathing the foul air created by slow-moving traffic in Arlington. It certainly isn't those "lazy" people out in Fairfax and Prince William.

Therefor, Mr. Harnik, your obstructionist tactics are hurting you more than they are inconveniencing us. Remember that the next time you feel like opposing road improvements.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 22, 2011 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Arlington is happy to do its part to help people get from place to place. We ask only that they traverse our county in groups -- on Metro or in carpools -- rather than in single-occupant cars that keep encroaching onto our median strips, er, neighborhoods.

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I live in Arlington, and liberals like this make me absolutely despite the area. They would try to ban cars here if not for the car tax they collect, and if if everyone went on Arlington's "car free diet" then they would heavily tax something else to make up the shortfall. These liberals are complete control freaks, they think their view is the only right one, and that they must impose their views on everyone else. Can you believe the gall of this person saying "you are free to come here, put you should carpool!". These liberals will throw away the constitution, even the "right to travel" that the Supreme Court has held applies even for their precious welfare rights, but libs want to deny single occupant cars from driving on 66 because they don't like cars! Why should I as a taxpayer not be allowed to drive on a road that my taxes pay to fund simply because I don't have someone else to drive in with, and don't have the consistent schedule to come in and leave work at the same time every day, because there's no point in being in a carpool if you can't get a ride back. Stop imposing your views on everyone else, get over yourselves, liberals. You make in intolerable to live here.

Posted by: scoran | February 22, 2011 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Tying opposition to new HOT lanes to illegal immigration? You must be gunning for a guest slot on Rush Limbaugh's show.

Or just plain crazy (it's hard to tell).

Posted by: krickey7 | February 22, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

"Arlington is happy to do its part to help people get from place to place. We ask only that they traverse our county in groups -- on Metro or in carpools -- rather than in single-occupant cars that keep encroaching onto our median strips, er, neighborhoods."

And how do you think much that traffic came to be "encroaching onto your neighborhoods"?

Did you imagine that maybe, just perhaps, keeping it off of I-66 just might have something to do with it?

I always knew Arlington had it in for single-occupant vehicles. Thanks for clearing that up.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 22, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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