Breakfast links: Worrying about parking
Chevy Chase building draws a fight: A group of residents is organizing to fight an 11-story by-right apartment building at Connecticut and Military. Michael Brown and Patrick Mara were quick to voice opposition to the project, while Matt Frumin and Paul Zukerberg want better communication and transparency. (Georgetown Dish)
Evans demands parking privileges: Jack Evans is really "furious" that the Secret Service won't let DC councilmembers drive to the Wilson Building after 6 am on inauguration day. (Examiner) ... Tim Craig noted councilmembers only asked about their own convenience, not residents' needs, at the inauguration security briefing.
Make cars louder?: Regulators are proposing rules to force electric and hybrid vehicles to make some noise at 18 mph or less, so pedestrians can hear them. NHTSA estimates this will save 2,800 injuries per year. (The Fast Lane)
FTA fixes funding priorities: New FTA rules will make it much easier for transit in walkable areas, and projects that will drive economic development, to get federal money instead of favoring rail in medians of highways. (Streetsblog, Slate)
Baltimore gets new cameras: Baltimore will replace all 83 of its speed cameras after revelations that some cameras' error rates exceeded 5%. (Baltimore Sun)
Cancel games, lose revenue: The Washington Capitals will soon return to the Verizon Center after missing a few months of their season, but Natwar Gandhi estimates the District lost $200,000 for each cancelled game, or $6.4 million in total. (DCist)
Corporations ride free?: A California man who drove alone in the carpool lane with his corporation's paperwork in the passenger seat is contesting his ticket, arguing that as a corporation is a person, he was not driving "alone" at all. (Patch, David E.)
And...: WMATA adds express rush hour bus service on New Hampshire Avenue between DC and Maryland. (WAMU, Kelly B) ... Unemployment in the DC area remains at 5.3%. (Post) ... The budget autonomy vote will go ahead as planned on April 23. (Post) ... A spate of problems are afflicting the new Boeing 787. (NYT)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Here's why it'd be wrong to shut down Metro east of the Anacostia River
- Metro's plan for late-night bus service isn't much of a plan
- Without more information, riders shouldn't accept Metro late night cuts
- Metro is proposing service cuts, again. Will riders ever see the benefits?
- Marriott is moving its headquarters to downtown Bethesda so it can be in a denser place that's closer to transit