Commuters Snarl Local Traffic

By Ron Shaffer
Thursday, November 17, 2005

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I've read with interest all the talk in your columns about how people should live closer to their jobs. Frankly, getting to and from work is just one piece of the problem.

We live barely six miles from a shopping center that has most of what we need, but those six miles are arguably the most painful. We live barely three miles from a Virginia Railway Express station in the other direction, and those three miles often take 30 to 45 minutes to navigate in the evening.

Telling people to live closer to their jobs isn't going to cover up for a complete failure to keep up with the population growth in this region. The state and local governments have to be held accountable for keeping up with infrastructure. You can't have a skyrocketing population without equal growth in infrastructure.

We have thousands upon thousands of people pouring into the region. They need access to schools, shopping, recreation, public transportation and much more.

Todd Skiles


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