Letter: Feedback won't solve transit woes
Updated 11:15 am, Friday, July 5, 2013
The article in the June 28 Westport News reporting the governor was seeking transportation feedback appears to be a nice first step, but it is obvious to any of us who are stuck in traffic on the way to work and stalled again in the evening on the way home that a major effort is needed. A little feedback won't save the day for any of us.
Unlike many problems in Fairfield County, transportation is something any curious citizen can evaluate with little effort by merely looking at a map. To wit: There is no space to build another major highway in this area. Even if such a decision was made, the cost would be prohibitive. When I was a reporter in this area, former Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell spent some time attending transportation conferences. She often returned with inspired observations and loads of reports from the meetings she had attended.
One possibility included moving the median divider back and forth so four lanes could be used for the westward morning commute, and four lanes for the eastward evening commute. Machines would be developed to move the barriers twice each day.
Another thought: build a second tier over the current I-95. That would have involved huge costs plus aesthetic angst.
Improved train service would help, but once again, the cost would be excessive, especially if railroad experts from Japan and European countries were hired.
In theory, the Merritt Parkway could be rebuilt for the modern era. However, the many bridges across the famed highway would need drastic alterations. More significant: A vast army of area residents would fight any changes.
Clearly, in my opinion, a little feedback won't improve the transportation very much at all. Many difficult and stressful miles are ahead of us.