Breakfast links: Goodbye, Ray
Photo by thisisbossi on Flickr.
US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is stepping down
. LaHood defied early fears
to be a strong advocate for high-speed rail, curbing distracted driving, and more. (Streetsblog)
Surplus salted away:
The DC surplus came to $417 million
; $50 million of that was in estate taxes from one single deceased person. Mayor Gray wants to put all of the money into the rainy-day fund. (DCist)
Chevy Chase sidewalk contentious:
A proposed Wisconsin Avenue sidewalk in Chevy Chase will affect fewer trees
than originally feared, but many residents still can't imagine why anyone would want to use a sidewalk. (Bethesda Now)
Superhuman cyclists aren't most of us:
Many profiles of cyclists in the press talk about those that ride super long distances every day, but that's not most cyclists' experience
; does attention on extreme commuting deter others? (Atlantic Cities)
MoCo bag fee 1 year old:
Montgomery County's bag fee raised double the expected revenue
, which goes to water quality programs. Anecdotally, it seems to be reducing waste, officials say, but don't yet have hard numbers. (Gazette)
Lower benefit hurts bus ridership:
Ridership on PRTC commuter buses dropped 2% in 2012
; the agency blames the federal transit benefit, which declined just as the parking benefit increased. More people also started slugging. (Potomac Local)
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