It was most disappointing to read in The Post {Metro, Nov. 19} of the inane position taken by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments study that says the way to address Washington's traffic problems is to tax employer-paid parking. The continuation of such unfocused analysis should raise questions as to why local taxpayers fund COG in the first place.

Let me suggest a few points that COG and others should consider instead:

As a partner of mine once noted, "In a democracy, citizens are not required to be efficient -- especially as efficiency may be defined by government planners." What's clearly needed in Washington is a market-oriented solution that recognizes the decentralized nature of the region.

A good place to begin is to achieve a more market-oriented transit investment program. We've invested heavily in the rail portion of Metro, but we still suffer from trains that run too infrequently and are too short. Modest further investment in rolling stock could better capitalize on the investment in track and tunnels and help make Metro more attractive to patrons.

The single greatest need is to correct the absurd imbalance between the capacity of Metrorail to carry passengers and the amount of parking available at Metro stations. A reasonably affluent citizenry simply won't allow itself to be forced into buses, but this citizenry can't get into the present Metro lots.

Let me offer a personal example. I live two miles from a Metro station, yet I drive to work almost always (and I pay for my own parking, incidentally, at well over what Metro would cost). If a parking spot could be found at a Metro lot after 7:30 a.m., I'd be a much more frequent Metro user -- and a much less frequent "solo driver" of the type that COG so despairs.

Come on, COG -- knock off the hand-wringing and the petulant calls for solving real-world problems with pleas for improbable congressional action that wouldn't address the challenge anyway. Let's get on with building parking capacity and buying enough rolling stock -- real-world actions that offer real-world prospects for helping to solve the area's traffic problems.

LOUIS H. KNAPP Rockville