"With all of the hurdles we've had to clear, it looks like we're into the home stretch in being able to do many more projects that will actually soften the blow of commuting in the Washington, D.C., area. ... Suddenly, we have a new hurdle that may be out in our way," said Lon Anderson, managing director of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic. "Let's be clear: Improving congestion also is improving the emissions coming out of vehicles. It's unacceptable we're going to have a new bar to get to to address our congestion in this region."