Breakfast links: Moving along
DC area to start TIGER projects: MWCOG will begin work on regional bus projects as part of the first round TIGER grant from USDOT. Fairfax County will install bus signal prioritization along Leesburg Pike, PG will improve 10 bus stops on Addison Road, and the District will install real-time arrival screens at high-traffic bus stops. (Examiner)
15th St. bike lanes almost complete: The 15th Street NW cycletracks are almost done, though some parking and wayfinding signage is still lacking. Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Avenue lanes now connect all the way to the 15th street lanes. (WABA)
Long Branch starts to deal with reality of Purple Line: Long Branch has begun writing a sector plan in anticipation of the Purple Line which will have two stops in the east Montgomery County community. Residents are concerned about maintaining the community's housing affordability. (TBD)
Why PG is corrupt, McCartney version: Bob McCartney gives his own take on why Prince George's County has a corruption problem. Two county employees looked at the problem last week here. (Post)
Transit benefit preserved: The tax break that allows pretax deductions for transit of up to $230—
equal to the longstanding deduction for parking— was retained in the tax bill that passed the Senate yesterday. The extension will only last a year, though, assuming the bill passes the House. (Baltimore Sun)
Montgomery launching snow map: Montgomery County is launching a new tool for residents to track snowplows. It seems to use the same technology as Howard County's. DC already has its own map as well.
I-395 project gets another face lift: After some grumblings last week that the northernmost proposed building in the I-395 air rights project was boring and outdated, the developers have released some updated renderings, which show three distinct buildings rather than two large towers joined by a sky bridge. (The Triangle)
AAA: Stop hating on bikes and peds: Rails-to-Trails delivered a petition to AAA asking the group to stop lobbying against bicycle and pedestrian funding. 51,377 people signed the petition, 2/3 of whom were AAA members. (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
And...: Tommy Wells' controversial bill requiring proof of residency for family shelter moved forward last week. The final vote comes next Tuesday. (Post, Tim Hampton) ... Mayor-elect Gray met with District business leaders to discuss how his administration can increase employment in the city. (WAMU) ... The Nats want to add their "curly W" to Metro station signs at Navy Yard and to the system map. (JDLand)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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