Yet another plan has appeared for an intercounty connector (ICC) linking I-95 and I-270 in Maryland ["Panel Urges Downsized Connector," front page. June 27]. Will this road ever be built?
Clearly, the ICC will not solve many congestion problems. It will probably cause new ones. Yet there is a need for some road, somewhere, to link the counties. The newest proposal for a parkway with four lanes and no big trucks is the sanest so far.
Of course, building more roads will do nothing to get people out of their cars and into alternatives. Alternatives include people choosing to live nearer to their jobs or to work nearer to their homes, and excellent public transportation with dedicated bus/streetcar/transit lanes on major arteries as well as greatly expanded feeder bus lines and staggered work hours.
I suggest that the gasoline taxes be raised $1 a gallon and that the money be used to offset the cost of making all public transportation free. If this wouldn't change people's behavior, nothing would. As an experiment, it could be tried for one or two months in the summer, when control of air pollution would give an added incentive.
I live along the master plan route of the proposed ICC, and the road probably would be visible to me in the winter and audible all the time. It would cut through the parkland (and wetlands) behind my home and next to our high school. Our little Emory Lane and curvy Muncaster Mill Road would be hard put to hold all the extra cars heading for the ICC interchange on Georgia Avenue. But I am willing to consider all alternatives, including the ICC, if all solutions are used -- not just the building of more roads.