Breakfast links: No funding
Trail defunded: Montgomery County has deleted funding for the Metropolitan Branch Trail until after 2018. It also would eliminate 2 grade-separated crossings. (Cycle MoCo, Rebecca Mills)
No bill this year: Secretary LaHood doubts a transportation funding bill will pass this year. He blames partisan politics and an election-shortened legislative session. (Post)
Less of a deduction: Governor O'Malley wants to reduce the mortgage interest deductions claimed by those making over $100,000. The cap will help Maryland balance its budget. Could this be a first step in eliminating the deduction completely? (Post)
Smart growth advocate to HPRB: Andrew Aurbach has been nominated for the Historic Preservation Review Board. He is a strong supporter of urbanism and smart growth, and served on the board previously. (City Paper)
Transit tweets are negative: "Sentiment analysis" of tweets about transit show that most tweets about transit involve complaints; when people are happy with their transit, they generally don't tweet it. (Atlantic Cities)
New MD website lacks open data: A draft redesign of the Maryland legislature's website failed to include open data or social media integration, says Heather Mizeur and other delegates who saw a mockup. (Maryland Reporter)
Frederick fights sprawl: Frederick's planning commission rezoned some areas to farmland to stop sprawl and growing traffic. But some groups, including the country commissioners, are trying to get it changed back. (WAMU)
And...: Live, work, shop or play near M Street SE or SW? Fill out a DDOT survey on how to make it safer and better. ... 18 people have picked up petitions to run for Ward 5 councilmember. (Frozen Tropics) ... Arlington is aiming to become a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community, the first on the east coast. (Patch)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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