Breakfast links: McDonnell's bad ideas
VA transportation bill marches on: Governor McDonnell's bad transportation funding plan is proceeding apace. It cleared its committee with few changes and the full House should vote on on the plan next week. (Examiner)
DIY transportation funding: Think you can design a better transportation funding plan than Governor McDonnell? Then check out these interactive spreadsheets that let users design their own 20-year Virginia transportation plan. (The Dixie Pig, Froggie)
No one wants a new toll road: Bob McCartney dubs Governor McDonnell's proposed US 460 toll road bypass near Hampton Roads a "Road for Nobody," while it diverts funds from more-needed projects around the state. (Post)
Costly U-turns: Drivers making U-turns across the Pennsylvania Ave. bike lanes can now be fined $100 since DDOT's 30-day education program has finished. (WAMU)
Green Line fire causes delays: A track fire near the Anacostia Metro stranded 2000 Green Line riders yesterday. Some riders even ventured on to the tracks themselves, even though they were still electrified. (Post)
Group opposes opponents: An anonymous resident has created a new civic group, called "In My Backyard DC," to fight against the constant opposition to new housing and businesses, and to oppose a liquor license moratorium for U Street. (Borderstan)
Another day, another taxi credit card delay: Credit card readers in DC taxis will once again be delayed, this time until May,because the taxi commission chose the standard regulatory process instead of the faster emergency process. (Post)
Country roads: Some rural Virginia lawmakers say the 3-foot passing law would make it impossible for drivers to pass bikes on narrow country roads. (WAMU)
Car-free pays: Being car-free in the DC area can save almost $10,000 a year including gas, insurance, and maintenance. It's not an option for everyone, though, since many areas lack good public transportation. (WTOP)
And...: The BBC will air a documentary on urban planning. (Next City) ... Prince Charles and Camilla take the Tube in celebration of its 150 years. (Independent, Steve S.) ... What people in 1967 thought the future would be like. (US News)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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