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Posted at 9:49 AM ET, 02/15/2011

HOT lanes myth and reality

By David Alpert

Arlington's lawsuit over the I-95/395 HOT lane project has drawn a constant drumbeat of scathing editorials from The Post and others, and critical letters from certain politicians and road activists.

But do the editorial writers and reporters covering this issue really know what they're praising or condemning? Do you? Take this little true-false test:

1. True or false: Arlington's lawsuit asked VDOT to cancel the I-395 segment of the project.

2. True or false: Arlington dropped the lawsuit because the 395 segment was deleted.

3. True or false: The HOT lanes will speed up travel in the 95/395 corridor.

4. True or false: VDOT didn't move ahead with the lanes because the lawsuit was blocking their ability to proceed.

5. True or false: Fairfax and Prince William Counties want the project to move forward.

6. True or false: Arlington didn't "press for solutions" and just jumped to sue to block the project, as the Washington Post charged in an editorial Friday.

7. True or false: The lawsuit claims some people are racists for pushing the project.

Answers: They're all false.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The
Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | February 15, 2011; 9:49 AM ET
Categories:  Arlington, Fairfax County, HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, traffic, transportation  
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Comments

True or false: Every statement is a red herring.

Fact is, Arlington does not want to do anything to encourage single-driver traffic to pass through.

Whether it's widening I-66 or HOT lanes on I-395, Arlington will oppose it and come up with creative ways to ensure the project gets dropped even if it means trying to ruins people's lives simply for doing their jobs.

Shame on them.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 16, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

True or false: Every statement is a red herring.

Fact is, Arlington does not want to do anything to encourage single-driver traffic to pass through.

Whether it's widening I-66 or HOT lanes on I-395, Arlington will oppose it and come up with creative ways to ensure the project gets dropped even if it means suing people personally and ruining their lives simply for doing their jobs.

THe irony is that the commuters Arlington is determined to inconvenience help pay for the Metro that's made Arlington's touted "dense developoment around Metro stations" and high property values possible.

Shame on them.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 16, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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