Breakfast links: HOT for cars, cool on bikes
USDOT wants HOT lanes: Virginia will receive $20 million in TIGER money for its controversial HOT lanes on I-95, while a MWCOG request for bike and pedestrian fixes around Metro stations didn't win. (Examiner)
New Metro cars delayed: The first of Metro's 7000-series rail cars will be delayed by five months. WMATA attributes the delay to supply disruptions caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. (Post, Steven Yates)
Affordable condos aren't always: Condos bought as affordable housing can be rendered unaffordable by high condo fees, leaving residents in a bind: they can't afford the fees, but they can't sell the affordable units. (DCentric)
DC gets faster: The District has significantly decreased its response time for service calls, from an average of nearly 90 days a decade ago to 5 days over the past several months, despite an increase in the number of calls made. (Post, Steven Yates)
WMATA pushes bus safety: Metro plans to install plexiglass shields on 51 buses following a rash of incidents of violence against drivers. The shields will be a safety pilot, but some board members are concerned it will hinder customer interaction. (Fox 5)
Hotels see construction boom: A boom in DC hotel construction could add 3,000 new rooms to the city, much of it without government funding. This is on top of 28,000 existing rooms. (City Paper)
Detroit swaps light rail for buses: The Motor City ditched its planned downtown light rail for much larger BRT to the suburbs. Downtown businesses favored rail, but the city couldn't afford the $10 million estimated annual operating costs. (WSJ, T. Goodman)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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