A waste of ca­pac­ity on I-25

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Paul Alt­man,

I drive for a liv­ing, mostly a very con­gested stretch of In­ter­state 25 be­tween 120th and the In­ter­state 76 in­ter­change. I was thrilled to see flow­ing traf­fic dur­ing the pe­riod when new lanes were fi­nally opened up last year, be­fore the toll lanes were ac­tu­ally put into place. As soon as the tolls went into ef­fect the con­ges­tion re­sumed. The tolls range from $1 to $6.98 de­pend­ing on the type of transpon­der used and the time of day. The stretch of road that is “ex­press” only ex­tends for about 6 miles.

Ridicu­lously in­flated tolls do noth­ing to en­cour­age driv­ers to use them, thus negat­ing the pur­pose of high-oc­cu­pancy ve­hi­cles to re­lieve traf­fic and re­duce emis­sions. These high­ways are funded by our taxes, so what do these tolls fund and why are these lanes ben­e­fit­ing the wealthy com­muters while the rest of us sit in traf­fic watch­ing mostly empty ex­press lanes go unused? Send letters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact us at 303-954-1331.

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