Breakfast links: Better buses
More buses on 16th Street: Starting August 25, Metro will replace five buses serving the S line on 16th Street with articulated buses during rush hour. The buses will come from the Y line on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, which will get more frequent service to make up the difference. (DCist)
An electric Circulator?: DC's Circulator buses are reaching the end of their life span. A possible replacement is an all-electric bus that could save around $500,000 in fuel costs during each vehicle's life. (City Paper)
Less parking, more business: More construction cranes are likely coming to NoMa. The Government Printing Office, a mere two blocks from Union Station, is looking to tear up its parking lot for possible private development. (WBJ)
More bikes, fewer tickets: Even though there are more bicyclists than ever before in DC, the number of citations issued is at an all time low. Through May, only 63 citations had been issued. In 2012, there were 446 citations all year. (Post)
Housing for the homeless: DC's initiative to locate 500 apartments in 100 days for homeless families hits its deadline today. The city is expected to announce that it's fulfilled 92% of its goal. (City Paper)
Theater for Union Market?: A new proposal for the Union Market area includes a theater on top of the existing market building, and four stories of offices. Later buildings would add more retail, office, maybe residential, two plazas, and parking. (WBJ)
Look to Oregon's Trails: The Highway Trust Fund is set to run out of money in August. As Congress tries to find a short-term solution to the problem, Oregon is setting up a pay-per-mile program that could solve the fund's problems. (CityLab)
And...: DC will start ticketing cars that would impede the H Street streetcar. (District Source) ... Do Uber/Lyft type services help reduce drunk driving? (Post) ... Helsinki wants to make car ownership pointless in a decade. (Guardian)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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