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Report: No cohesive plan to speed up commutes

Sunday - 6/26/2011, 12:27pm  ET

Max Smith,

WASHINGTON - There's construction all over our area, but is it building the right roads?

A report commissioned by business leaders from the 2030 Group (PDF) concludes the region is lacking a cohesive plan to effectively speed up our commutes.

The small group of transit professionals surveyed for the report said Metro maintenance and upgrades, new bridges over the Potomac, and improved bus and HOT lanes on roads like the Beltway and I-270 should be made top priorities.

They say one issue is that governments are thinking locally, instead of regionally, when laying out their plans, which leads to a lack of focus on what many commuters feel is most important - faster and more consistent trips.

Other suggestions include finally building the Purple Line in Maryland, upgrading the I-66, I-95 and I-395 corridors, and building new "Outer Beltway" segments.

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