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    Posted: 23 Jun 2003 at 7:37am
If you have written letters regarding the HOT proposal, please consider posting them here for others to get ideas.
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Here are some addresses for those who feel like contacting their representative. (if you're in the Woodbridge area)

Delegate Michele B. McQuigg
Capitol Address:
General Assembly Building, Room 418
Post Office Box 406
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: 804-698-1051
Phone: 1-800-889-0229
Fax: 804-698-0229

District Address - Woodbridge
2241-R Tackett's Mill Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Phone: 703-491-9870

Senator James Kenneth 'Jay' O'Brien Jr.
Capitol Address
Senate of Virginia
Post Office Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: 804-698-7539
Phone: 1-800-889-0229
TollFree: 800-889-0229 session only
Fax: 804-698-7651

District Address - Clifton
Post Office Box 7202
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Phone: 703-750-0936
Fax: 703-750-1183


Secretary of the Commonwealth: Anita A. Rimler (VA)
Capitol Address
830 East Main Street, 14th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-786-2441
Fax: 804-371-0017

Representative Thomas M. "Tom" Davis
Washington DC Address
2348 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4611
Phone: 202-225-1492
Fax: 202-225-3071

District Address - Woodbridge
13546 Minnieville Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Phone: 703-590-4599
Fax: 703-590-4740
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Here is the same letter posted on another thread:
I just sent a letter to Mr. Grow. Here it is.
Bob


Mr. Bob Grow
Greater Washington Board of Trade


Dear Mr. Grow,

I read your letter to the Washington Post in which you advocate the adoption of HOT lanes for the Washington DC area. I strongly disagree with your position that HOT lanes will be beneficial to congestion in this area. Implementation of HOT lanes will have the immediate effect of drastically reducing the incentive to carpool, vanpool, or take mass transit. This will put more cars on the road, making traffic far worse. Air pollution, which is a major problem, would also be worse. All of these single driver vehicles would descend on downtown areas, creating additional problems.

In addition, implementation of enforcement for HOT lanes would greatly slow down access to the HOV lanes. No one talks about this, but in a regular toll lane such as the Dulles Toll Road, all vehicles have to pay, while in a HOT lane, only the non-HOV will have to pay. But all vehicles would have to be checked or scanned at the entry points, greatly slowing traffic as it enters the HOV.

Your argument also presumes that there will be a large amount of unused capacity on the HOV lanes. This is not the case on I-95, on which I commute. In reality, no amount of excess capacity would be sufficient to prevent gridlock under HOT lanes.

One cannot directly compare us to the situation in California or in other places where HOV has not been successful. One is not “losing” anything in an area that has miniscule HOV participation.

High quality HOV lanes and the excellent commutes they provide are a very major part of the quality of life in the DC area. We have the highest participation in HOV commuting anywhere in the country. Let’s ensure that HOV will always provide a fast and environmentally friendly mode of transportation in the DC area.
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I am a reporter writing a story about HOT lanes and would like to talk to anyone who has an opinion. Please respond to
lamb@mddailyrecord.com or call 410-752-3849, ext 155.
Robyn Lamb
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