This WaPo article about commuting was published in February, but it’s still showcased on the Metro web page so the editors must think it’s really important.
The writers of the article blame the workers for their own misery.
In spite of increasingly long and frustrating commutes, the survey found that Washingtonians remain addicted to their cars. Three in four area commuters drive to work alone.
Notice the use of the word “addicted.” Implying that going to work is as evil as using crack cocaine. The writers of that article need to take a realistic look at where the office buildings and residential buildings are located in the Washington, DC metro area.
I hate traffic as much as the next person, but there is no faster way for me to get to work and back than to drive alone in my car. The nearest Metro station (Metro being the silly name for Washington, DC’s subway system) is miles from where I have to work. And my situation is hardly unique.
Whose fault is this? Certainly not the worker’s fault. The worker is a victim of where his employer happens to be and where the housing is located. And right now, commercial and residential buildings are going up like mad all over the outlying counties far removed from convenient public transportation.
Now government officials, if they chose, could zone some dense development around existing undeveloped Metro stations, thereby making it possible for people to actually use Metro to commute. But they choose not to. And the Washington Post, instead of blaming the government for the problem, blames the commuter.