I liked your article about Hot Lanes (TNT, 5-3). A picture is worth a thousand words is right on here. State officials actually say that they have helped congestion, yet here sits an empty lane that taxpayers payed for!
Along with that I understand that we are using taxpayer money ($50,000 a month) to pay for it. To those in government: If something is costing taxpayers money and creating an inconvenience (traffic backups 2 miles long), because we cannot use the available lane (without paying twice), then its not working!!!! Admit you made a mistake and open the lane to everyone, not just those who can afford it.
How many years and how much of our money do you get to spend (in a recession) to figure out that the majority of citizens do not agree with you. Here is an idea, use that money for the light rail, a bridge, or even a road to get done sooner, so we don’t have to drive a nightmare everyday. Thanks for nothing!