Breakfast links: Go the distance
Silver Line to Largo requires extra silver: Silver Line trains may not be able to turn around at Stadium-Armory, and will have to go to Largo. This will cost an extra $4.5 million per year and 20-30 extra railcars. (Post)
Spingarn gets historic: The Historic Preservation Review Board named Spingarn High School a historic landmark. It's unclear if the designation will slow down plans for a streetcar barn on the site of the school. (City Paper)
No rentals at St. E's?: Marion Barry is trying to block any rental housing at St. Elizabeths and instead wants any housing to be owner-occupied. He's concerned with Ward 8 having the lowest ratio of homeowners in DC. (Post)
Council committee giveth: A bill that would make it easier for cyclists to sue the motorists who hit them cleared the DC Council Judiciary Committee. The bill guarantees cyclists at least $1000 of damages plus attorney fees if they win. (DCist)
Council committee taketh away: The DC Council's finance and revenue committee approved an $11 million tax break for a Georgia Ave. development that CFO Natwar Gandhi said was unnecessary. (City Paper)
What changed after Rhee?: A new memoir from Michelle Rhee effusively defends her work and praises Adrian Fenty, but under Kaya Henderson, this year's school closings are a lot less contentious than when Rhee ran the show. (City Paper)
Can Amtrak ever satisfy Congress?: Amtrak is reorganizing itself to try to please skeptical House Republicans. What about also loosening outdated FRA rules and letting Amtrak choose its long-distance routes? (Streetsblog)
And...: The SE/SW Freeway and 395 might get higher speed limits. (WTOP) ... How WMATA's costs get allocated to each jurisdiction. (PlanItMetro) ... Trump unveils plans for the Old Post Office. (Post) ... Seattle gets a frequent network bus map. (Human Transit)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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