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Congress approved a 90 day extension
of transportation funding, ensuring the gas tax and road construction funds will not end this weekend. The House never took up the Senate transportation bill. (The Hill)
Congressional meddling to get behind:
A Redskins training facility on Reservation 13 could violate federal law
deeding the land to the District, as the law specifies any use must comply with the Reservation 13 Master Plan. (Flahaven, oboe)
Streetcar comes up short:
DC's streetcar will have a 42% operating shortfall
, and the District doesn't know yet where it will get the money. Fares are only expected to cover 19% of operating expenses. (Examiner)
Schools face cuts:
Costs at DC Public Schools rose 5%, but Mayor Gray's budget only adds 2%
. Special education coordinators and librarians are likely to see cuts. (Post)
Bar owners back their best interest:
Mayor Gray's proposal to keep bars open an hour longer won praise
from bar owners who said it would improve their business and the city's economy, safety, and nightlife. Councilmember Graham, though, is concerned
the later hours would bring more crime and noise late at night. (Post, DCist)
DoD choice worsens traffic:
The Department of Defense is setting up a sprawling campus
near the Beltway and Route 50 in Fairfax. Since it's not new construction, it doesn't have the same rules for reducing single-passenger vehicle use. (WTOP)
Bike sharing a ripoff? Expand it!:
A London mayoral candidate calls its bike sharing system "an under-used, elitist rip-off." So what does he want to do? Expand the program to more and poorer neighborhoods
. All 4 candidates are competing to see who can have the most aggressively pro-bicycle policy. (The Times)
Formalize the informal street:
New York City has an informal, 6-block "avenue"
connecting lobbies and plazas that gets heavy use. Now the city will add crosswalks and stop signs to make "6½ Avenue" legal to walk from end to end. (NYT, Ben Ross)
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