Breakfast links: Who rules transportation?
Meet the new boss: DDOT has hired Carl Jackson, former transit head for Greenville, SC, to manage Circulator, Capital Bikeshare, and the streetcar. He succeeds Scott Kubly, who left to work for Gabe Klein in Chicago last year. (City Paper)
One piece of taxi tech or many?: The DC Taxi Commission has issued an RFP for a vendor to provide GPS and credit card systems for every cab, but Mary Cheh and Tommy Wells prefer to set standards and let taxi owners choose. (TBD)
Senate bill is better: The Senate's transportation bill looks much better than the House version. The Senate bill would allow transit agencies to use federal funds for operations and give planning grants for transit oriented development. (Streetsblog)
Not much of a bike path: Montgomery County wants to build a bike path along River Road, but at only five feet wide it's more of a sidewalk than a bike path. A standard bike path between 8 to 10 feet would require the county to buy more land. (CycleMoco)
Building not to be: Plans for mixed-use building in Wheaton have fallen through, and everyone associated with the project has left the development company. Two other developments by different companies are still on track. (Patch, Dan Reed)
Silver brings in slightly less green: A WMATA forecast predicts the Silver Line will have a slightly lower farebox recovery than the rest of the system by 2015, but will attract 9 million new riders a year. (Examiner)
ICC won't get faster: Maryland will keep the ICC speed limit at 55 mph for now. Governor O'Malley toyed with raising it to 60 mph, but that would save drivers going the full 16 miles of the ICC less than a minute and a half. (Post)
And...: A look at what's coming to the Southwest Waterfront Wharf development. (Washingtonian) ... Shaw to get condos that look like rowhouses. (EastShawDC) ... The District's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report offers a bevy of fact and figure trivia about our fair city. (DCist) ... Do you know how to pronounce McPherson? (WAMU)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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