Like many harassed commuters, I read your Special Report on Transportation section ("Life in the Slow Lane," Dec. 11), with interest. I was particularly struck by the article on "Concrete Solutions." What an ironic title for this sad collection of defeatist, ineffectual, mealy-mouthed comments from some of the so-called top experts in Orange County's transportation community.
It is easy enough to predict that the situation will only get worse when you read the words of the people in charge of solving the problem. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Where are the people of vision? "Facing reality" and "being realistic" about the transportation crisis need not mean merely throwing up one's hands, sighing, raising taxes yet again and continuing to spend them in the relentless progress towards covering every square inch of the county's land surface with asphalt roadways.
What I and most of my friends would like to know is, what is so impossible about creating a system of commuter monorails down the middle of the existing freeways? They would not usurp any currently used lane space and would certainly contribute significantly toward both reducing air pollution and gasoline consumption while considerably easing the freeway jams. They are attractive, quiet and fast. Parking areas in malls or at park-and-ride lots would allow access by car.