Breakfast links: More ups and downs
Two slots at DCA up for grabs: When Republic Airways purchased Midwest last summer, USDOT decided to publicly rebid Midwest's two landing slots at DCA since Republic still controls several under its other subsidiary, Frontier. Industry analysts believe DOT will be looking for airlines planning to serve new destinations. (Post, charlie)
Virginia to raise speed limits: VDOT will raise the speed limit on many sections of limited-access highway through out the state from 65 to 70. None of these sections are anywhere within
50 40 miles of DC. See the full map here. (WTOP)
Height debate continued: Ryan Avent responds to Dan, arguing that undeveloped land in NoMa or Navy Yard might already have been developed into more diverse, low-cost use if not for the height restriction. Dan says that's a nice theory, but it doesn't work that way in the real world. (The Bellows, Rob Pitingolo)
Gray softens on lower parking rates: The presumptive mayor-elect at Tuesday's Ward 1 town hall continued to advocate lowering parking meter rates, but advised he would not do so until the city is in "better times." (DCist, Gavin)
Bethesda escalator repair nears end: The complete overhaul of all the escalator's moving parts is scheduled to be complete Monday. If all goes well, commuters will no longer endure forced two-way traffic on a single, stationary escalator. (Gazette, Cavan)
Arlington Trader Joe's to get parking: Arlington is expected to grant Trader Joe's access to dedicated parking, among other regulatory modifications, after which the chain will make a final decision on a lease for the Clarendon store. (ARLnow, Rob Pitingolo)
L'Enfant Plaza-Future Banneker Memorial Station?: ANC 6D declined to request adding Banneker Memorial to the L'Enfant Plaza station. It's probably for the best since supporters, NPS and the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission are still wrangling over the memorial's location. (Housing Complex)
Is there an answer to gentrification?: The Atlantic's Megan McArdle has moved into a "mixed" neighborhood in DC, but doesn't want to push anyone out of the neighborhood at the same time that she wants the better services new, higher-income residents inevitably seek. Not possible, she says.
And...: Google Maps ignores I-66 in Northern Virginia, probably because it's HOV only during rush hour. (WTOP) ... A cyclist crashed his bike on Monday in Judiciary Square, without the help of an errant automobile, and shares his story. (People-Powered Arlington, Rob Pitingolo) ... Capital Bikeshare passed the 3,000 member mark yesterday.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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