The traffic planners let us down
Regarding the Jan. 28 front-page article “In post-snow blame game, no one wins”:
The article, though well written, did not address with enough emphasis the failure of the emergency management teams of the District, Virginia and Maryland. I drove through all three areas last Wednesday, making a 7 1/2-hour round trip, and I believe the major problem was not the snow, road conditions, abandoned cars, stopped buses or accidents but the inability of the police, or whoever is responsible for traffic coordination, to move major traffic out of Washington.
The comparison to the traffic conditions on Sept. 11, 2001, has been appropriate, and it highlights the real issue. Almost 10 years later, we are still not prepared to handle a major emergency. The coordination was nonexistent. From the traffic to the information being relayed to the news stations, this was a total failure.
The article mentioned the problems on 16th Street NW. I sat through the traffic, and it struck me as odd that the southbound lanes were not shut to southbound traffic and opened to northbound traffic.
All of this scares me. The snow was an inconvenience, and the only problem commuters faced was getting home late. What happens when the emergency is more than that, and we really have to get out of the city? What are we going to do then? Who are the people who can answer these questions?
Azik Schwechter, Silver Spring
| February 1, 2011; 8:46 PM ET
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