Morning links: Pay for it
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Could we see congestion pricing?:
A Brookings study for MWCOG found that many people in the area could support tolling lanes
, but have many misgivings; tolling certain zones or congestion charging faced strong opposition. (DCist)
Roads don't pay for themselves:
The gas tax only covers about half
of total road spending. with the remainder coming from state and federal general funds. Amtrak, meanwhile, covers 85% of its operating costs. (Streetsblog)
Metro saw 800,000 riders on Inauguration Day
with Franconia-Springfield beating out several other end-of-the-line stations for the most boardings before noon. Gallery Place led all stations in boardings after noon. (PlanItMetro)
VA GOP wants to change electoral college rules:
Not content with redrawing district lines to give themselves more seats, Virginia Republicans also want to change the way the state allocates electoral votes
to hand them out by Congressional district. That would have given Mitt Romney 9 more electoral votes in 2012. (Slate)
Pay without touching:
London recently started allowing riders to pay on its transit system with contactless credit cards. But is the that the future of transit payment
, or will mobile payment services become the norm? (Atlantic Cities)
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