HOT Lanes: Who’s Being Left in the Dust?
Although I enjoyed Marc Fisher’s March 25 Metro column, “ Exalted HOT Lanes Leave the Average Joe in the Dust,” perhaps a bigger issue with regard to high- occupancy toll lanes on the Beltway in Maryland is the prospective loss of hundreds of single- family houses for those with moderate incomes in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
My mother was recently sent a map from the Maryland State Highway Administration showing that her neighborhood and some surrounding communities will lose dozens of homes. And this map represents only a slice of the neighborhoods that are threatened. In an area that can ill afford to lose homes such as these (perhaps among the last affordable singlefamily homes in Montgomery County), this seems to me as important an issue as the cost of the tolls, and maybe more so. JIM LANDOLT
I didn’t notice any basis for Marc Fisher’s statement that high-occupancy toll lanes “are widely loathed by actual commuters everywhere they are proposed,” other than his assertion.
This question has been most wide- ly studied for the Interstate 15 HOT lanes in San Diego. Research that is widely available on the Web found that 66 percent of those who didn’t use the HOT lanes in the corridor and 88 percent of the users approve of the HOT lanes. That doesn’t sound much like “widely loathed,” does it? WAYNE McDANIEL
Columbia is a transportation The writer consultant.