Democrat, Republican jointly urge Arlington to drop HOT lane suit
Virginia Democratic Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Colgan (Prince William) and Republican House Speaker Bill Howell (Stafford) have jointly signed a letter begging Arlington County to drop a lawsuit claiming that construction of high-occupancy lanes on Interstate 95/395 in the county would violate the civil rights of county residents.
Their letter says the lawsuit makes "outrageous claims of conspiracy and racism" in its argument that the decision to build the toll lanes was the result of public officials using tax dollars to further the interests of wealthy and white residents outside of Northern Virginia, to the detriment of minorities who live near the highway.
Arlington's novel attempt to use the Civil Rights Act to block the highway construction has drawn fire before. But today's bipartisan letter particularly calls out Arlington's decision to sue four public officials who were involved in the decision to approve the project. Arlington seeks monetary damages from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, former Virginia transportation secretary Pierce Homer and Federal Highway Planner Edward S. Sundra.
"It is disappointing that a County which has an important place in the history of civil rights -- one opposing Virginia's misguided policy of Massive Resistance -- would distort the intent of the Civil Rights Act and personally attack honorable public servants working in their official capacities on a project that has been subjected to local, regional and state scrutiny since 2005," they write.
Read the whole letter here.
| September 14, 2010; 1:40 PM ET
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