Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I am one of those that believes HOT [high-occupancy vehicle] lanes are going to have the exact opposite effect as envisioned.

I fail to see how allowing more single-occupancy vehicles to travel on our highways is going to make less congestion. I am also concerned that this will adversely impact slugging that is a successful, decentralized, no cost tax payer cost program to relieve congestion.

I think the conventional HOV [High Occupancy Vehicle] lanes should extend all the way to Richmond.

— John Provost, Burke

There are likely to be many commuters who agree with Provost at the three public meetings this week on Virginia’s proposal to create HOT lanes along a portion of Interstate 95. And I agree that this program is different from the one now underway along the Capital Beltway in Virginia.

The sluggers who have built one of the most successful carpooling systems in the United States argue that the HOV3 lanes are not broken and don’t need the HOT lanes fix. In fact, they fear that creation of the HOT lanes will destroy the market of northbound commuters who make the carpool system work.

The Virginia Department of Transportation this month issued a report stating that the HOT lanes are preferable to doing nothing. But then, no other alternative was considered, besides doing nothing. (Commuter page, Sept. 25)

The public meetings

The three public meetings, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., are scheduled for:

● Tonight, at Botts Fire Hall, 1306 F St., Woodbridge.

● Wednesday, at Waterford at Springfield, 6715 Commerce St., Springfield.

● Thursday, at North Stafford High School, 839 Garrisonville Rd., Stafford.

There will be no formal presentation, but project representatives will be available to answer questions. VDOT said oral and written comments will be accepted at the meetings.

Comments regarding the project design and environmental analysis also can be sent to: John Lynch, regional transportation program director, Virginia Megaprojects, 6363 Walker Lane, Suite 500, Alexandria, Va. 22310, or to by Oct. 14. (Put “I-95 Joint Meetings” in the subject line.)