0

LETTERS: HOT lane logic doesn't make sense

The article in Sunday's Community section ("HOT lanes: Know how to use them," Sept. 18, C1) left me amazed. I am amazed at what appears to be a complete lack of understanding about how to solve our congestion issues by our state DOT officials.

To quote from the article --"...officials hope they have found the key to relieving a little bit of congestion in Metro Atlanta, using a $110 million federal grant..." and next, "It's meant to keep the HOT lane clearer during the high traffic times because fewer people would be willing to pay the steep toll."

I would expect even DOT officials to recognize that congestion is worse during high traffic times, and a plan to keep the lanes "clearer" does not decrease congestion -- this would increase congestion. Oh, but I forget -- this is the same DOT that praised themselves mightily about what a great job they had performed during the last snow storm -- ignoring completely the fact the public had a completely different view of their performance.

(Yes, I recognize a decrease in overall traffic would occur if current one- and two-person cars pooled to form a three-man car pool. Anyone want to make a bet on that happening?)

Combine the above information with another quote from the article: "...according to Malika Reed Wilkins with the State Road and Tollway Authority, the funds aren't expected to exceed the needed operations funds for several years."

So, to summarize the information from the article: the HOT lanes will not relieve congestion, and operating expenses will exceed toll road income for several years. (No problem, the DOT can get another $110 million from the federal government -- no worry, this is "free" money and doesn't cost anyone money out of their pocket.)

Another great example of my government at work.

-- Harry Mumpower

Lawrenceville

Comments

ACC12_SEC13Booster 3 years, 6 months ago

"I am amazed at what appears to be a complete lack of understanding about how to solve our congestion issues by our state DOT officials."

Unfortunately, you Mr. Mumpower are far from being the only one who is amazed what doesn't just appear to be, but actually is a total and complete lack of understanding about transportation by the Georgia Department of TRANSPORTATION.

"So, to summarize the information from the article: the HOT lanes will not relieve congestion, and operating expenses will exceed toll road income for several years."

Yep, the state is touting as a congestion reliever, a project that they admit will make congestion WORSE in the remaining lanes of I-85 and will likely never make a profit. Not only that, but the state is hoping to spend at least $16 billion dollars on building a metro-wide network of lanes that will NOT relieve rush hour congestion and will never make a profit....That makes since, doesn't it?

I think that pretty much sums up what kind of leadership we can expect from the state in helping to relieve congestion.

1

dentaldawg83 3 years, 6 months ago

This "hot lane garbage" is a classic boondoggle. Government paperpushers run amoc. It won't solve a darned thing and even may cause the other lanes to be more crowded.

1

Sign in to comment