Breakfast links: Getting around
Metro keeping 2 Southeast bus routes: Metro has pulled back from its plan to stop night bus service on 2 lines in the Fort Stanton and Douglass neighborhoods after kids threw rocks at the buses. Mayor Gray had strongly criticized the move. (Post)
Need to fund transit to grow: 70% of regional business and land use leaders at a recent ULI conference said the region's economic growth won't continue without more investment in transit. They also rated sustainable Metro funding the #2 obstacle to growth, behind having a regional plan. (PlanItMetro)
Transit pays off: A $4.4 billion investment in transit would pay off with $
4.6 6.6-10 billion in benefits in Minneapolis, a consultant team found. The Itasca Project, a CEO-led regional alliance, commissioned the study. (Minneapolis Chamber, jnb)
What's going to happen to transportation?: With the newish transportation bill and a new Obama term, what's in store? Congress needs to solve funding, and without it transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects might still be at risk. (Streetsblog)
More DC Bikeshare delayed: Delays in equipment supply have slowed DC's Capital Bikeshare expansion. The District had planned to add 54 stations this fall. Alta Bicycle Share's commitments in other cities may be responsible for the delay. (Post)
Arlington may close tax-dodging restaurants: Arlington's treasurer wants the authority to shut down restaurants flouting the county's meal tax. He says the power to seize property is insufficient, as many restaurants own little property. (ARLnow)
DC moving to legalize Uber: Taxi regulators from around the nation proposed legal restrictions that would prohibit Uber's business model, but the DC Council will vote today on a bill to protect the legality of Uber and similar services. (NYT, Post)
And...: Metro launches a Twitter account for the Presidential Inauguration. (Post) ... Communications company Intelsat will move its headquarters and 430 employees from DC to Tysons. (WTOP) ... The Springfield Mall is undergoing demolition. (WTOP)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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