Hi! I climbed Mount Washington for the first time last July (my husband and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary this way). We were lucky in that the day we climbed there was a bike race up the auto road so no private vehicle traffic was allowed. It was awesome to be sharing the summit with just other hikers! We ended up doing the Seek the Peak challenge, which, by the way, we highly recommend...what a great time! Anyway, it was satisfying to know that only hikers were at the summit. I remember climbing Cadillac Mountian in Acadia National Park earlier in the summer, arriving at the summit sweaty and tired and seeing all the fresh tourists all nice and cool and clean in their sandals. I have to admit to feeling a little unnerved by the crowds and the traffic. I would have to agree that private vehicles should not drive the auto road. I do think that the public transportation is important though for those folks whose health and stamina could not support a vigorous climb. It would be a shame for them to miss such beautiful views.