Breakfast links: Legislators propose
Miller's transportation plan: Maryland's Senate president suggests a new 3% sales tax for gasoline for new roads, regional property taxes for the Purple and Red lines, and possibly leasing the ICC to a private operator. (Post)
Punish parents of truants?: David Catania proposed a bill to consider parents criminally liable if their child is excessively truant. The law aims to cut down on the 3,000 students who miss more than a month of school annually. (Post)
Learn how not to cheat: Kenyan McDuffie wants all candidates for office, as well as their campaign treasurers, to take a mandated course in campaign finance rules. Would such training help to cut down on campaign finance violations? (Examiner)
Words from the mayor for life: Marion Barry shares his impressions on Darrell Issa, Newt Gingrich, and Sharon Pratt Kelly in an interview with the City Paper.
DC leads in transit planning: The Washington area is winning the "Transit Space Race," with 45 projects under construction or in planning. The list includes projects far from completion, such as the NoVa extension to the unbuilt Purple Line. (Streetsblog)
MoCo BRT study funds halved: Montgomery councilmembers approved only half of the $1 million Ike Legett requested to study BRT in the county. Members worried about dedicating too much funding before BRT is actually approved. (Gazette)
Next ride is private?: The founder of NextBus is turning his attention to dynamic ridesharing, saying "transit agencies are obsolete." He hopes people will carry around key fobs that would beep when a car willing to pick you up drives nearby. (Next City)
And...: Two different developers are competing to build major shopping centers near Clarksburg. (Post) ... Mary Cheh proposes making mugshots accessible to the public. (DCist) ... New York has picked a winner of its tiny apartment competition. (UrbanTurf)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- I can take the bus from my neighborhood to just about anywhere in DC
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope
- Sidewalk snow shoveling hall of shame: "DC government is the worst offender" (and Arlington too)