Breakfast links: Future transit options?
Time to fix I-66: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe wants to spend $2-3 billion to ease congestion along I-66 between the Beltway and Haymarket. State Options include a Metro extension, light rail, BRT, more lanes for cars, and other options. (Post)
Columbia Pike to roll forward: The Arlington County Board will authorize building the Columbia Pike streetcar faster and without federal funding tomorrow, thanks to the state's contribution. The two streetcar opponents remain opposed despite state funding. (ArlNow)
Gondola funding hits roadblock: The idea for a gondola from Georgetown to Rosslyn won't get funded for a study from the Council of Governments, but the Georgetown BID still hopes to get the money elsewhere for a study by the end of 2015. (InTheCapital)
Marijuana in public housing?: The DC Housing Authority is funded primarily by the federal government, which considers marijuana possession to be illegal. Now that marijuana is decriminalized in DC, how will DCHA adjust? (City Paper)
No new CaBi bikes: New bikes and docks are not likely this year for any Bixi-based bikesharing systems. This will halt Capital Bikeshare's expansion and move Charm City Bikeshare's launch into next year. (Streetsblog)
DC's Scooby-Doo Ghost Town: L'Enfant Plaza and the cluster of concrete federal buildings around it seem quite ugly. Buzzfeed mocks the area, which it calls "DC's Scooby-Doo Ghost Town," and its architecture.
Will driverless cars encourage sprawl?: A Toyota scientist thinks that if driverless cars making driving easier, people will just live farther away. Tolling could help, but will face political opposition. (Streetsblog)
Schools or transit, not both: A bill in North Carolina would ban counties from adding local sales taxes for both education and transit. This would likely make education advocates oppose any transit funding proposal and vice versa. (NewsObserver)
And...: Can Arlington and Alexandria agree on the future of their transitway? (WAMU) ... How is it "privatization" to set aside spaces for Zipcar-like services while parking your private car on the street is not? (Streetsblog) ... It's legal, and increasingly popular nationwide, to build apartments out of shipping containers. (WBJ)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- I can take the bus from my neighborhood to just about anywhere in DC
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope
- Sidewalk snow shoveling hall of shame: "DC government is the worst offender" (and Arlington too)