Breakfast links: Zealous enforcers and budget maneuvers
Yo building is so ugly, only terrorists want to photograph it: Security guards harassed Beatus Est's boss for photographing the monumentally ugly Forrestal Building, but not other, more attractive government offices. Those London cops also seem to have gotten suspicious when the tourists photographed the Modernist Vauxhall bus station. Could it be that security guards get more suspicious when people photograph ugly and/or modern buildings, since they less commonly attract tourists?
Maryland offers more money for PG buses: The State of Maryland has offered to pay half the cost to restore the Metrobus lines cut from Prince George's County, as long as the County pays the other half.
MoCo may allow parking revenue to fund transit: The Montgomery County Council is discussing a bill to allow parking district money to fund transit which helps people reach that area without parking. This is an important change and is a key part of Donald Shoup's recommendations for good parking policy. If they can fund other transportation modes, parking districts can meaningfully enhance mobility in a high-demand area; if they can't, then they just take choices away from the county and force more and more parking. If you live in Montgomery County, tell Councilmember Floreen you like the idea on her site.
Performance parking working in Philly: As a result of a recent parking meter fee increase in Philadelphia's Center City, occupancy at on-street meters has decreased from 97% to 77% and it's now easier to find a parking space. But contrary to performance parking principles, the city is considering raising meter prices even more. (Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael P)
Berliner proposes more Metro stops in Bethesda: Montgomery Councilmember Roger Berliner suggests adding a Metro stop between Grosvenor and White Flint. He said the station should cost $70 million, but WMATA says it might be more like $140 million. (Gazette)
Arlington picks stimulus projects: The County will spend its transportation stimulus money to put Columbia Pike's utility lines underground, purchase new buses, and "upgrade the county government's transportation system management plant." (Arlington Sun Gazette, Gavin Baker)
Clarendon zoning adjusted: The Arlington County Board adjusted zoning rules to allow some more density in exchange for greater review around Clarendon Metro. The Board hopes the changes will encourage the desired walkable development in the area. Some neighbors oppose the changes. (Arlington Sun Gazette, Gavin Baker)
Park Service cracks down on pedicabs: The U.S. Park Police have been intimidating pedicab operators around the Mall. One Park Police officer said Tourmobile was pushing for the crackdown. (We Love DC, Jaime, Tom A.)
An even greater Thomas Circle vision: BeyondDC expands upon Chris Loos' Thomas Circle sketch, adding verdant trees in addition to benches and a nice usable public plaza.
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- What if Montgomery County gave BRT a temporary test run?
- Twenty-five gorgeous but non-famous US train stations
- Zig zag road stripes can get drivers to pay more attention
- Montgomery will go ahead with BRT, but at what cost?
- The Northeast Corridor carries more rail passengers than anywhere else in the country. What could it look like in 2040?
- WMATA's new general manager is listening before he even takes the reins
- The National Zoo has clarified its safety concerns. Turns out you're the problem.