Breakfast links: Suburban mobility
BRT could work in MoCo: A 150-mile BRT network in Montgomery County would take 85,000 cars off county roads and cost about $2.5 billion. A few lines could be operational as soon as 2014. (Gazette)
MWAA sticking with underground station: The underground Dulles station will mean higher tolls on the Dulles Toll Road, but MWAA board members are still confident it was the right choice. Governor McDonnell asked Mayor Gray to push DC's board members, but Gray likely supports the decision, too. MWAA could also toll the free access road and/or institute higher peak tolls. (Examiner, Adam Tuss, Post)
Bridge construction reduces traffic: Two lanes of New York Avenue recently closed for construction on the bridge over the rail yard. Traffic through that segment has actually decreased and drivers are moving faster than they were before. Does this mean it should be narrowed permanently? (Post, Andrew S.)
No gas for water head: DC Water head George Hawkins started driving an electric car to cut emissions. Since most of his trips are short (but not necessarily to transit nodes), he uses almost no gas. (NBC Washington)
Near SE organizing against "annexation": Residents near the ballpark are opposing Marion Barry's redistricting proposal moving them from Ward 6 to Ward 8. Tommy Wells urged them not to make the fight about personalities or about parking. (JDLand)
Myopic little twit magnet: DC's 20- to 34-year-olds fueled the city's population growth over the past decade. They make up nearly half of the population in Wards 1 and 2. The number of children fell. (Post)
Best enticement to live near work?: DC's Office of Planning will offer matching grants of $6,000 each for businesses to pay employees to move to DC. But will the money just go to people who would have bought near transit anyway? (Housing Complex)
Arrests, graphics for DC rights: Councilmember Mary Cheh was arrested protesting the House's latest vote against women's rights and DC's autonomy. (Examiner) ... The unfairness of our governmental system is starkest in illustration. (Left for LeDroit)
May the fourth be with DCRA: DCRA posted some hilarious tweets for Star Wars Day about a huge new development project by Calrissian | Chiu | Bacca, the "DethStarr," featuring a CaBi speeder bike station. DDOT has traffic concerns, though. There was also a big midichlorian outbreak worrying public health officials. (DCist, Twitter)
And...: Rob Pitingolo maps every DC alley. ... Dutch cycle tracks and transit astound a Post columnist. ... Virginia's attorney general wants to be with bin Laden right now. What? (Post) ... Some San Francisco merchants actually praise street construction. (Streetsblog)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- DC has way more vacant properties than it thinks
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