As a commuter who uses the "traffic-choked" Costa Mesa Freeway, I have been eyeing with "eager anticipation" the two new travel lanes that are being created by the resurfacing and re-striping project under way on that freeway.
If, as you say in your editorial "Express Lanes Best for Freeway" (Sept. 22), the purpose of this project was to increase the capacity of the freeway by moving more people, I cannot agree with your conclusion that a commuter lane is the best way to achieve this goal.
The congestion on the Costa Mesa Freeway is caused, in a large part, by the heavy volume of commuters coming in from the Riverside County area and beyond. Anyone driving the freeway can verify that on most mornings by 7 a.m., traffic is backed up from the Santa Ana Freeway to the Riverside Freeway. These commuter trips are inevitable as long as the labor pool for Orange County, particularly southern Orange County, is forced to turn to outlying areas for affordable housing.
These commuters begin their trips in the communities of Norco, Corona, Riverside, Sunnymead and beyond. Destinations for these commuters fall along the entire length of the Costa Mesa Freeway, but primarily the airport environs.