Breakfast links: Opposition
Rs say no to Outer Beltway: 6 Virginia Republican legislators came out against Governor McDonnell's plan to build the Outer Beltway in Virginia. They say it's too costly and will worsen traffic on I-66, which is the higher priority. (Examiner)
WaWa drama: Herndon isn't the only critic of a planned WaWa at Old Ox and Oak Grove Roads. Loudoun's Department of Planning criticized the proposal in a memo, saying a stand-alone single use is not compatible with the plan for the area. (WBJ)
DC cabs: red with gray stripe: The new design for DC taxis will be red with gray stripes, says the DC Taxicab Commission; the detailed design is not yet available. It will take some years before all cabs have the uniform colors, and some taxi companies vow to fight to keep their own colors. (NBC, City Paper)
Landmark Mall forgets peds, bikes: An Alexandria Transportation Commission representative opposes the current redevelopment plans for Landmark Mall, saying it lacks safe pedestrian and bicycling access from surrounding areas. (Patch)
Less foolish primary date: DC might move its primary date (again), to June. The current April 1, 2014 date invited jokes, would force candidates to collect petitions during the holidays, and would create 8-month lame ducks. (NBC)
Who's running: Robert Bobb, City Administrator under Tony Williams, is considering a run for mayor. (Post) ... Doug Gansler, Maryland Attorney General and likely candidate for governor, criticized the recent transportation funding bill. (Post)
Harder to FOIA Virginia: The Supreme Court unanimously upheld a Virginia law which limits FOIA requests to only come from Virginia residents. Many media organizations argued to overturn the rule. (Ars Technica)
And...: Parts of 3 Smithsonian museums will close due to sequestration. (City Paper) ... A new Tumblr blog chronicles the worst Cleveland Park neighborhood complaints. (DCist) ... Walk the future M Street bike lane with WABA on Monday.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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