Arena traffic study results are too rosy to be real

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 - 7:10 am

Re "Downtown Arena won't snarl traffic” (Page A1, Dec. 17): The suggestion, even from a so-called study, that the arena won't snarl traffic is clearly politically driven. Traffic in and out of the major interchange of interstates 80 and 50, including I-5 and the "W-X," is already at a standstill. If we add thousands of arena patrons, employees and vendors, along with the projected boom in area retail, the entire freeway system will come to a screeching halt from approximately 3 to 8 p.m. The Orwellian suggestion that folks will be encouraged to use mass transit is baffling, since there is no meaningful mass transit to outlying areas. While I support the arena, I think that a huge effort should be directed at improving mass transit far and wide. Phony studies do more harm than good in the long run.

-- Margaret Lewis, Sacramento

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