Southwest Wake: Opinion

May 16, 2014

Anthony Bruno: No toll, less traffic

Did anyone else chuckle when they read The Cary News article (May 14) about the concern of increased traffic on N.C. 55? Not surprising – it takes a little longer for elected officials to catch up with their constituents, but eventually they do.

No toll, less traffic

Did anyone else chuckle when they read The Cary News article (May 14) about the concern of increased traffic on N.C. 55? Not surprising – it takes a little longer for elected officials to catch up with their constituents, but eventually they do.

For more than two decades, Cary trumpeted it was a great place to live and do business, which drove the population from 20,000 to more than 140,000 with no end in sight. Projections say another 50,000 people will be moving to our town, which incidentally is a great place to live.

Now the Town Council has finally taken note and listened to residents about congestion, not just on N.C. 55 but in so many intersections throughout the town.

The council has taken steps to rein in development to address this problem, but it would be wiser to petition the state Department of Transportation to make the one change that would dramatically reduce the volume of traffic on N.C. 55 – get rid of the toll on N.C. 540.

This misguided decision, which penalizes commuters going to RTP, makes many drivers avoid the toll road. A toll only adds to the $3.50 a gallon they pay for gas.

Although I doubt DOT would ever end the toll, it would be refreshing to see an elected body work to end this discriminatory toll on a select group of county residents.

Anthony Bruno

Cary

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