Breakfast links: Taxes break
Photo by Mr. T in DC on Flickr.
Taxes for truck tacos:
Food trucks would have to start paying sales taxes like everyone else under a bill going to markup on Thursday
in the DC Council. Food trucks earning less than a threshold could keep paying a flat annual fee as they do today. (DCist)
Give me a break:
Konterra could qualify for tax breaks
intended for transit-oriented projects inside the Beltway, despite county officials' best efforts. (Examiner)
Are mobile cameras about revenue?:
One Prince George's delegate wants to prohibit mobile speed cameras
being moved solely to generate revenue. County officials say they are writing fewer tickets, a sign the program is actually curbing speeding rather than being primarily about money. (Examiner)
Alerts for buses:
Metro is now offering an alert system for Metrobus
which will send riders information about service disruptions, similar to the ones sent for Metrorail. You can sign up here
Good plan sails through:
Redevelopment of Mid-Pike Plaza in White Flint received preliminary approval
from the Montgomery County Planning Board. The pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use plan, which includes reducing Old Georgetown Road from 6 lanes to 4, has received no complaints. (DCMud)
More roads still needed?:
After the BRAC merger with Walter Reed, use of transit has skyrocketed at the former Bethesda Naval Hospital
from 11% in 2007 to 44% in 2011. Yet officials are going ahead with expensive road widenings. (Gazette, Ben Ross)
DC cleaner than burbs:
DC residents produce less air pollution
than their suburban neighbors. Virginia's pollution will likely increase in the future while Maryland's will decrease thanks to their adoption of California standards for cars. (City Paper)
Photography still legal:
WMATA employees sometimes harass photographers
for legally taking pictures. There have been at least 3 incidents in the past 4 months despite Metro's official statements that it's legal.
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