Breakfast links: Not enough
Give peak a chance: Metro is dropping its peak of the peak surcharge, but some say they didn't give it enough time or design it in the way that would actually shift ridership away from the peak. (Examiner)
ICC too empty?: AAA complains that not enough people use the ICC because of the tolls, but Maryland says the traffic is meeting projections. Plus, lower tolls would take more money from other parts of the state. (Gazette)
The Tide rolls on: Virginia Beach rejected light rail in 1999, but with congestion, high gas prices, and its success in Norfolk, citizens will get a chance to reconsider extending The Tide on the November ballot. (Pilot, Jack Love)
Poplar going to auction: A developer who bought land on Poplar Point will lose it in an auction after being unable to get anything built. At least one adjoining landowner wants no development at all on Poplar Point. (Post, RU Seriousing Me)
Peds, bikes now count: Prince George's passed the bill to let the Planning Board make developers expand sidewalks and bicycle facilities around new projects. They already do this for roads but not for other infrastructure. (Rethink College Park)
Tourism without a car: It's not hard (or expensive) to visit Philadelphia without driving, but one writer finds a few ways SEPTA can provide clearer and better information to unfamiliar riders, and delays can frustrate plans. (Post, Ken A)
Biking in the future: Bill Nye the Science Guy envisions future bike infrastructure in DC, from tunnels protected from the weather, and that give riders a tailwind in both directions, to just having places to shower. (WashCycle)
Transit Score gets low quality score: Walk Score's Transit Score inherently prefers rail to bus even if a streetcar is slower than an express bus. It would be more difficult, but better, to score based on travel times. (Human Transit)
And...: ANC 1B opposes McMillan plans. (bloomingdale) ... DC looks to develop a Shaw parcel with mixed-use and affordable housing. (EastShawDC) ... Get caught up on Mayor Gray's housing and workforce development budgets. (DCFPI)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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