Breakfast links: Where the trail's at
Finish the Met Branch: DC and Montgomery County have stopped making progress on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Maybe this is a time to tweak the routing of the trail so it can get done faster? (WABA, RPUS)
Bike progress in Herndon: The Herndon Town Council approved new bicycle facilities including extending trails, new bike lanes, and a cycle track. The measure does not commit funds, but should make funding easier. (Connection)
Light rail plans in Maryland: Officials are planning a light rail line from the Branch Ave. Metro to Waldorf that they hope will spur mixed-use development similar to Clarendon and perhaps draw some federal agencies to the area. (SoMdNews, Ben Ross)
Rejection defended: The elections board says it didn't make any mistakes in rejecting Initiative 70; instead, proponents just didn't have the colors of their checkmarks which weren't on the black and white copies the board provided, and didn't avail themselves of options for monitoring the process that the board didn't tell them about. (Post)
On the waterfront: The redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront known as the Wharf will better engage the city with the water and better connect the sleepy neighborhood with the rest of the city. (Atlantic Cities, Circle Thomas)
GOP on transportation: Republicans officially want to cut Amtrak and high speed rail funding and think President Obama's investments in infrastructure have been for "an exclusively urban vision of dense housing and government transit." (Streetsblog)
And...: 2/3 of urban trees come from natural reproduction. (Atlantic Cities) ... A city's size seems to have little to do with how many car accidents it has. (Atlantic Cities) ... Cast your vote for a Route 1 bus design. (Patch)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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