Breakfast links: Can Metro work with others?
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How can streetcars interoperate?:
WMATA will study ways to best connect
with light rail and streetcar projects throughout the region. Though the focus will be on DC's streetcars and the Purple Line, the study will also look at speculative projects in Virginia and upper Montgomery County. (Dr. Gridlock)
Relations between police union, Metro sour:
Metro Transit Police's union voted to oust Chief Michael Taborn in mid-January, exacerbating rapidly souring relations between the union and WMATA. After months of negotiations, the union has filed suit
alleging various violations. (Examiner)
Maryland senators propose gas tax hikes:
Two Maryland state senators want to add a 4% sales tax to gas
for transportation, with ¼ of that specifically for the Purple Line and Baltimore's Red Line. Another senator proposed a flat 10¢/gallon hike in the state's current tax. (Examiner, Froggie)
South PG has most growth:
The southern part of Prince George's County absorbed the most population growth
from 2000 to 2010, according to new Census numbers. While the county grew 8%, several southern communities grew by as much as 25%. (Gazette)
Amtrak ridership keeps growing:
For the 15th month in a row, Amtrak ridership has grown, and set a new January record
at 2.1 million passengers. (Dr. Gridlock)
Long-awaited projects move forward:
Canal Park in Near Southeast will actually break ground
next week after the official ground breaking 6 months ago. (DCmud) ... The CityMarket at O project will also begin work
on the historic O Street Market building later this month. (TBD)
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