Breakfast links: Better taxis for a better tomorrow
Taxis get all shook up: DC's taxi fleet would be modernized, standardized, and expanded under new plans unveiled Monday. A 44% fare increase and $0.50 surcharge would pay for the changes, including credit card readers and standard colors. (DCist) ... One petition wants that color to be red.
Commuter benefit likely ending: The commuter tax benefit is likely to decline from $230 to $125 per month as of January 1, as the Senate has recessed and is unlikely to return until 2012. (Transportation Nation, Erik Weber)
VRE seeks more funding: VRE wants 3% more subsidies from local governments and a 3% fare hike to offset an expected drop in ridership following the transit benefits cut, cutbacks in state funding, and rising operating costs. (Examiner)
Virginia budget boosts roads: Virginia would divert $110 million in sales tax funds to transportation (meaning roads) while increasing education funding and cutting Medicare, under a budget proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell. (Times, Post)
O'Malley signs PlanMaryland: PlanMaryland was signed into law yesterday by executive order. The plan places growth limits in Maryland, bolstering land preservation and smart growth efforts. Opponents called the order "the height of arrogance." (Post)
Waterfront plans roil Alexandria: Alexandria's Waterfront Work Group plans to release its final report this morning. Critics of the process and the plan's concept, including some group members, will remain active and vocal. (Post)
Parking meters draw Petworth's ire: New parking meters installed in Petworth have drawn the ire of residents who don't feel they were properly consulted. CM Bowser says consultations were made, just not to the ANC directly. (City Paper, Steven Yates)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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