Breakfast links: Rail projects move at different speeds
Photo by The Great Photographicon on Flickr.
Metro costs soar:
WMATA's pension costs will jump
32% next year to compensate for poor stock market performance. Health insurance benefits are lurching forward 8% and other insurance costs will jump 5% next year due to the 2009 crash. (Examiner)
Should Fairfax control its roads?:
VDOT controls all roads in counties, except in Arlington and Henrico. Fairfax supervisor John Cook wants Fairfax to control them too
to improve maintenance. Chairman Sharon Bulova says Fairfax can't afford it. (Examiner)
DC's Colbert rapport:
DC architect Eric Colbert is the go-to guy for condo projects. Is he the new Harry Wardman
or are his designs too bland? (City Paper)
Alexandria declares parking meter holiday:
The city won't charge for parking
in Old Town on Black Friday. (Post) ... The move is aimed to attract shoppers, but will shoppers instead be frustrated by workers who will park on the street for hours on end?
Keep calm and party on:
DC's emergency management director will host a "stay in town party
" in the event of an emergency. She hopes to discourage people from clogging evacuation routes by evacuating the city all at once. (Examiner)
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