Breakfast links: Let's play politics
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GOP would privatize Northeast Corridor:
House Transportation chair John Mica (R-FL) and fellow Republicans are proposing to privatize Amtrak's Northeast corridor
, having a private company operate it and upgrade to high-speed service.
Mica thinks upgrades can happen in a third the time Amtrak is proposing, and also thinks this would reduce federal subsidies by drawing private investment. But is it realistic for private industry to do all that with less money? Democrats point out that all transportation systems need government support. (Post)
House committee would halt St. E's:
The House Appropriations Committee would halt construction of the DHS complex
at St. Elizabeths, according to the Homeland Security budget they passed out of committee yesterday. (CQ, Gavin)
Bill has a few BRAC fixes:
A defense bill passed by the House would limit parking at the Mark Center
in Alexandria, where Virginia officials fear BRAC moves will overwhelm the transit-poor area with traffic. It will also let DoD delay some moves and spend some of its money on transportation improvements outside the bases. (Post)
Gas tax holiday for holidays?:
Maryland's elected comptroller wants to eliminate the gas tax
on holiday weekends. The move would cost the state $2 million a day. (WTOP)
Bulova wants GMU precinct:
Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova wants a voting precinct for George Mason University
, citing current difficultly for on-campus students to vote. County Republicans accuse her of partisan gerrymandering. (Examiner)
Barry, Brown tussle:
Marion Barry tried to talk over the objections
of committee co-chair Michael Brown at yesterday's redistricting hearing. There's video of a long and hilarious verbal battle for the microphone. Barry is also threatening a lawsuit
if he doesn't get Near Southeast. (DCist, Examiner)
CaBi opens eyes: Riding Capital Bikeshare recently
made New Yorker Sarah Goodyear "see [DC] in a whole new way," seeing connections between neighborhoods as never before. Veronica Davis talks about a client who had a similar experience. (Grist)
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