Breakfast links: Pre-Independence
Get around tomorrow: Have plans for the 4th? What you might want to know if you are traveling by the Mall or on Metro or by bike or if you have too much to drink. (NBC4, DCBAC, PoPville)
Zoning update moves forward: DC's Office of Planning will finally present the zoning update to the Zoning Commission at the end of July. David Grosso said more Council hearings are unnecessary, and Chairman Phil Mendelson said opponents should "focus on the proposals, not the process." (City Paper)
Alexandria reviews BRT station design: With their Route 1 BRT already well under construction and set to open by summer 2014, Alexandria's Planning Commission reviews the final designs of the new system's stations and amenities. (The Arlandrian)
Axe the hybrid tax: Two Virginia state legislators will introduce legislation to repeal Virginia's new tax on hybrids and electric vehicles that went into effect this week. Supporters say that these vehicle owners should not be punished for doing their part in reducing carbon pollution. (Post, Pam J)
Don't forget the parks: As Mount Vernon Triangle develops, it seems DC has not learned the lesson of NoMa to get parks into the plan early. But it might not be too late to include a park on one city-owned plot of land. (City Paper)
Less congestion forever?: Drivers are experiencing less congestion on area roads. Much of the area's new road capacity is tolled, will this mean induced demand won't act like we expect? (Post, RPUS)
Old bike box gets upgrade: First installed in 2010, the bike box at the difficult intersection of Commonwealth & Mt Vernon Avenues in Alexandria will be enhanced soon with new sensors and new pavement markings. (Del Ray Patch, The Arlandrian)
And...: Is part of the Rock Creek Trail about to fall into Rock Creek? (TheWashCycle) ... Political outsider Reta Jo Lewis joins the race for DC mayor. (WAMU) ... Anthony Foxx gets sworn in as Transportation Secretary. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Metro maps out loop line between DC and Arlington
- Ask Congress to give DC self-rule on building heights
- It's fine to not build parking at Tysons Metro stations
- Alexandria board rejects King Street bike lanes
- DC sports spaces give short shrift to girls
- Sexist Metro ad asks "Can't we just talk about shoes?"
- Downtown & Georgia Avenue Walmarts open for business