30th May 2011
It’s not confusing at all. That’s what happens when government agencies get to write their priorities into your daily life, using your money.
“It is maddening to see those lanes totally empty. These HOV lanes are the only places in North Texas where there’s not a traffic jam,” said Patricia Cron, 65, who lives in north Arlington and takes Interstate 30 three to four times a week to visit her mother in northeast Dallas. “It is disappointing to me to have a fabulous new road, to see the result of that much labor, and have concrete that is virtually virgin.”
Of course, relieving congestion isn’t the point. The point is to reward favored classes with privileges at public expense. Me and my chauffer, for example, get to use the HOV lane. Not so Joe Sixpack in his pickup on his way to a job site — unless his name is Lopez and he’s got six Democrat voters crammed into the truck bed.
In Arlington, six months have passed since a $166 million Interstate 30 makeover was completed, yet a new HOV entrance installed between Cooper and Center streets as part of that project remains closed. Texas Department of Transportation officials are scrambling to fix a design flaw that has made it dangerous for drivers to switch between the HOV lane and main lanes in that area, increasing the potential for accidents.
Indeed. What’s the most frequently heard phrase on the rush-hour traffic reports? ‘HOV and left lane closed due to accident’. I’d love to see a statistical study on how much accident rates have increased since the introduction of HOV lanes.