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Silver Line will be delayed again: The MWAA is expected to announce that the Silver Line will be delayed again while the automatic train control system undergoes repairs. The delay will push the opening at least until July. Meanwhile, Phase II will likely receive federal funding. (WTOP, Post)
Better cycling will follow Silver Line: The new Reston Master Plan promotes bicycling and walking near the Silver Line stations by increasing connections across and south of the Dulles Toll Road. (FABB)
Streetcar's opponents forget history: The Columbia Pike streetcar follows the development template set by the Metro Blue and Orange Lines, which has brought businesses and prosperity to Arlington, a letter writer says. (ArlNow)
Gray's plan could worsen homeless troubles: The mayor's new plan to rapidly re-house homeless families, even for just a few days on a relative's couch, will free up shelters but will not help families find stability. (DCFPI)
Meet the new planning boss: DC's Office of Planning has a new (interim) head now that Harriet Tregoning has left: Rosalynn Hughey. She previously served as Deputy Director of Citywide and Neighborhood Planning. (OPinions)
New building could provide flexible units: A future project in Capitol Hill may be DC's first flexible apartment building. Prefabricated modular units could be reconfigured from 1-bedrooms to 2-bedrooms and studios depending on demand. (UrbanTurf)
Pedestrian deaths are no accident: An analysis of Philadelphia's ten most dangerous blocks for pedestrians reveals that better access to transit stations and narrower driving lanes are key to achieving "Vision Zero": an end to traffic deaths. (Next City)
Winter weather felt days later: Large temperature swings have brought a plague of potholes to the region this winter, making streets treacherous even after the snow has been cleared. (Post)
You matter: The National Park Service agrees that Franklin Park should serve local residents' needs as well as those of visitors. This appears to be a big step up from statements their former spokesperson made in 2011. (WAMU)
Far from Folsom prison...: Fairfax County is redeveloping a former prison into a mixed-use neighborhood that will preserve many historic buildings, including watchtowers and walls. (WBJ)
Reinventing America's oldest railroad: When the B&O built the first railroad in the US, some Baltimore neighborhoods were permanently cut off from a nearby park. A new proposal seeks to repair the 184-year-old wrong. (Baltimore Brew, Fern)
And...: Have we reached peak Walmart? (Strong Towns) ... To control public uprisings, eliminate public squares. (Atlantic Cities) ... Work begins on the M Street Cycletrack. (Washcycle) ... New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says "height and density" will be needed to provide enough affordable housing. (Capital NY)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Route 7 for all: VDOT's designs to widen Route 7 include bicycle and pedestrian paths to access Tysons. Fairfax wants the new lane to be dedicated for buses and HOV as well. (The Tysons Corner)
Decking 66: Arlington County is looking into selling air rights over I-66 for development in Rosslyn and East Falls Church. (ArlNow)
Town of Chevy Chase: it's on: The Town Council of Chevy Chase has voted to hire not 1 but 3 lobbying firms to fight the Purple Line. The price tag? $29,000 a month for up to a year. (BethesdaNow)
Meanwhile, a modest proposal: An ANC Commissioner in Chevy Chase DC has suggested a novel(?) solution for keeping sidewalks clear: hiring the homeless to do it. (City Paper)
Clearing the CCT: Five Montgomery County councilmembers have called on the county's transportation department to develop a plan to keep the Capital Crescent Trail open year round, including snow clearing and winter maintenance. (TheWashCycle)
Pothole patrol: The winter weather has been hard on our asphalt, and it's only going to get worse. Here's a guide to reporting potholes to the relevant agencies. (Post)
A condo in a downward spiral: A 1967 condominium building in Temple Hills has fallen on hard times and may be condemned. Could condominium failures become a more widespread problem? (Post)
French railway reparations?: The State Department and French officials are talking about Holocaust reparations. A Maryland bill would block Keolis, a subsidiary of the state-owned French railway SNCF, from bidding on the Purple Line without compensating families of those it transported to death camps during WWII. (Post)
Post picks Bowser: The Washington Post endorses Muriel Bowser for mayor in the Democratic primary, calling her Fenty's protegé. Will it matter? (City Paper)
And...: Today is Harriet Tregoning's last day on the job as head of DC Office of Planning. (WAMU) ... The production company behind 'House of Cards' says they'll leave Maryland if they don't get enough tax credits. (Post) ... Renovations to DCA's Terminal A will include a full-service spa and some fancy restaurants. (WBJ)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Bike lanes get clear: A snow mound in the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lane was finally cleared after cyclists complained on social media. DDOT is working to clear other bike lanes. (DCist)
Kidnapped for taxi fare?: Mary Cheh says her daughter was "briefly kidnapped" by a taxi driver whose credit card machine wasn't working. He allegedly locked the doors and drove off with her to force her to pay cash. (Post)
Bikeshare comes to more Metro stations: There are new Capital Bikeshare stations at the Takoma and Fort Totten Metro stations. New docks are also coming to Rhode Island Avenue Metro and the Walmart on Georgia Avenue. (DCist)
DC Water passes on Anacostia facility: DC Water decides not to relocate its Capitol Riverfront water facility to a new site along the Anacostia River. The decision halts development of a planned movie theater at The Yards. (WBJ)
Public housing faces huge shortfall: DC needs $1.3 billion to supply enough public housing for the next 20 years. DC Housing Authority Director Adrianne Todman placed blame for the budget shortfall on the federal government. (City Paper)
BRT for Arlington: Arlington is poised to approve a construction contract for its portion of the Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway. The line will open as BRT, but is planning is already underway to upgrade it to rail. (ArlNow)
Bad road gets worse: Not only is the multibillion-dollar US-460 bypass in southeast Virginia likely unnecessary and wasteful, but now the Panama Canal's expansion is delayed, making it an even worse bet for Virginia. (Bacon's Rebellion)
And...: Of DC's 38,000 tons of road salt stored, the city has used 35,000 tons this year. (WAMU) .. The Corcoran Gallery will merge with GWU and the National Gallery after years of financial trouble. (City Paper, Neil)... Can you recognize DC landmarks and places in the House of Cards opening credits? (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
DCA breaks records again: National Airport saw record passenger traffic in 2013. About 20.4 million passengers flew through the airport last year versus 19.7 million in 2012. (Post)
Extreme weather squashes Metro ridership: Many factors influence Metrorail ridership, but extreme weather might have the most impact, even more so than federal government shutdowns. (PlanItMetro)
Grocery delivery debacle: A new grocery delivery service, Instacart, sparked outcry last week when they refused to serve communities east of the Anacostia River. After some pushback, they expanded their service area to include all of the city. (DCist)
Parking panderers: Candidates for DC Mayor promised to help congregations with parking. Vincent Orange said there's a "war on parking" and praised Metropolitan AME's success in blocking the M Street cycletrack. (City Paper)
The "bike lobby" hits Alexandria?: The King Street bike lane keeps inspiring feuding letters to the editor, with one writer raising the specter of the "bike lobby." The talk about so-called lobbyists distracts from the real issues. (WashCycle)
Just hope you find a chair in time: Is housing like musical chairs? Supply is just a little less than demand, and someone loses out. Why not add more chairs? (AOYF)
Not in my expansive back yard!: A wealthy, white, liberal town outside New York City is not enthusiastic about affordable housing that would bring some lower-income, mostly non-white people into their town. (NYT)
And...: The Dupont Circle Hotel wants to use some of the old streetcar tunnels for a bar and a spa. (Urban Turf) ... National Harbor will soon have a Ferris wheel. (WTOP) ... One Philadelphia preservationist supports tearing down some buildings. (PlanPhilly)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
A park for Silver Spring?: Momentum is building to turn a 2-acre WMATA-owned lot next to the Silver Spring Transit Center into a park. The property was slated for a mixed-use development but negotiations fell through. (Post)
Plow the trails, Arlington!: Why doesn't Arlington plow its trails? WABA wants residents to ask the County Board to make sure that's part of the snow response.
Pause for Montgomery's urban roads bill: A bill by Roger Berliner and Hans Riemer to stop Montgomery DOT from building excessively wide roads in urban areas was put on hold. Instead, there will be a working group to study the issue. (Bethesda Now)
Democrats embracing urbanism?: The Center for American Progress (CAP) is pushing Democrats to get on board the pro-density bandwagon. CAPs new report recommends that cities change zoning codes to encourage transit-friendly development. (NextCity)
Historic and empty: The former home of civil rights leader Mary Church Terrel is designated historic but sits crumbling and empty on a block where many of the other houses have been renovated. Howard University owns the house, but the Great Recession has hampered its upkeep. (Post)
How boring: Meet Lady Bird, the tunnel boring machine DC Water is using to dig massive underground water storage tunnels. There will also be two large new vats at the Blue Plains treatment plant. (Post)
No biking for you... ever: After a driver hit a cycling constituent, a Long Island lawmaker says no one should ride a bicycle or motorcycle. He said bike lanes and signs won't work and most drivers would ignore them. (Patch, David Kaplan) ... A regional transportation group rebuts his arguments. (TSTC)
Camera clips: This bicycle camera attempts to encourage better driving by letting drivers know they are being watched. (TechCrunch, Brad Peniston) ... Meanwhile, privacy advocates worry what Maryland is doing with 85 million license plate scans each year, and Homeland Security wants to start storing license plates as well. (Patch, WTOP)
And...: Check out the layers of tunnels under Dupont Circle. (Dupont Underground) ... Taxi drivers hits two pedestrians in Woodley Park. (WTOP) ... A new mobile parking payment system comes to College Park. (Gazette)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
One two (three?) punch: The snow emergency has been lifted in DC but not in Maryland, as last night brought more snow and freezing temperatures. More snow is possible tonight and Saturday. How are things where you live? (WAMU, Post)
Virginia is for more lovers: A federal judge struck down Virginia's ban on same sex marriage. Though same-sex couples will have to wait for the appeals process to play out before tying the knot. (Post)
Grounded: As airlines use fewer airports as hubs, the systems become less resilient in the face of bad weather. Nearly 75,000 flights have been cancelled this year, and United will be 'de-hubbing' Cleveland soon. (WBJ, Seattle Times)
Snowed-in street grids: The Atlantic Cities has collected emergency snow route maps from around the country. What can we learn from stripping a city's street grid down to its bare essentials?
Half empty or half full?: The District now owns the DC USA garage outright, after paying off the debt 15 years early. The 1,000 space garage is famously under-used, and DC has been renting out hundreds of the extra spaces to commuters. (WBJ)
COG goes to Congress: The Council of Governments will be lobbying for extensions to the federal funding Metro needs for improvements including the switch to 8-car train operation, the new Blue Line connection, and Metrobus priority corridors. (WAMU)
Bethesdans against nightlife: Montgomery County's Nighttime Economy Task Force has garnered its first official opposition. A group of Bethesda homeowners is protesting proposed changes, including keeping bars open an hour later. (BethesdaNow)
And...: Power outages yesterday were limited to about 500 customers. (Post) ... Which freeways are the best candidates for demolition? (Streetsblog) ... The man who shot a cab driver in Adams Morgan last year has plead guilty. (CityPaper)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Can DC survive the snow emergency?: DC has declared a snow emergency. Cars parked along roads considered emergency routes will pay a minimum fine of $375. Check to see if your street has been plowed. (DCist, City Paper, @Patrick_Madden)
Snow will limit transportation options: Metro will run on or close to its normal weekday schedule, but could change depending on snow accumulation. Metrobus isn't running right now. Taxis will operate with a $15 surcharge and Capital Bikeshare has suspended service. (Post, DCist, @Bikeshare)
Potholes be gone: DDOT has filled more than 5,700 potholes in 2014. Extreme cold and snowy weather has meant more potholes for DC's roads. (DCist)
WSSC being sued for dumping: Two environmental groups are suing the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission for Clean Water Act violations, claiming illegal dumping at a water filtration plant is polluting the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. (Post)
Guerrilla signage gives away NYC transit secrets: A rogue transportation group is placing informative stickers in the NYC Subway directing passengers where to board a train to make an efficient transfer. Will they cause overcrowding? (Gothamist, Pair).
Develop or preserve Anacostia?: New and proposed developments in historic Anacostia make residents question if community legacy is found in a preserved building or in the vibrancy of the neighborhood. (Post)
Are multi-city Olympics the future?: The Olympics could be split between several host cities at once. In a time of interconnected megalopolises, a regional Olympics might alleviate the financial burden on cities. (NextCity)
Will Seattle's building boom yield rent stabilization?: Increasing the supply of housing in the Seattle area increased vacancies and may cause rent to stabilize or dip in 2014. What can Seattle teach DC about housing affordability? (The Seattle Times)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
A new Hopscotch Bridge: Despite plans to run a streetcar over H Street's "Hopscotch Bridge," DDOT officials say the bridge will actually need to be replaced in the next 3-5 years. (WAMU)
New approach to New Communities: The New Communities program, which aimed to turn 4 DC public housing communities into mixed-income, is far behind schedule and may not be financially viable. Could better balancing market-rate and affordable housing save the program? (Post)
A much bigger Reston: The new Reston Master Plan could potentially double the amount of development over the next 25-30 years. The vast majority of that development will be centered on Reston's 3 Silver Line stations. (WBJ)
New allies for bikes and peds: The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy will form a diverse coalition with groups in public health and real estate development to push Congress to increase bike and pedestrian funding. (Streetsblog)
Entrepreneurial enterprises: In order to attract entrepreneurial enterprises, cities need to offer a talented workforce and a high quality of life. Low taxes and lightened regulations won't do it. (Atlantic Cities)
Development downers: Some Seattle activists are protesting Microsoft shuttles which make it easier for wealthy tech workers to live in the city. But the problem isn't the shuttles, it's a lack of adequate housing and restrictive zoning that blocks having cheaper housing. (SLOG)
Sneckdowns inspire upgrades: Snow piles from a 2011 winter storm are serving as catalysts for pedestrian upgrades in Philadelphia's Union City District. The city is using snow patterns to improve walkable space. (Streetsblog)
And...: University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute explores a world without car crashes. (Atlantic Cities) ... Car2Go is trying to expand to northern Virginia. (UrbanTurf) ... The Wharf at Southwest Waterfront will break ground in March. (UrbanTurf) ... Marion Barry is back in the hospital. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
50th anniversary: The Beatles's first concert in the US was played in NoMa's now-defunct Washington Coliseum. To commemorate the event, the DC Preservation League is hosting an anniversary concert tonight. (Post, WBJ)
Blown budgets: With more snow on the way, Virginia and Maryland have already spent their snow removal budgets. Maryland allotted $46 million for the winter but has spent $80 million while Virginia has exceeded their budget by $17 million. (WTOP)
Expanding school bus cameras: After the first five school bus cameras issued ten $125 citations to drivers illegally passing buses in the first month of operation, Montgomery County officials want to add more than the 25 initially planned. (WAMU)
Safeway rat infestation: The Piney Branch Road Safeway has reopened after being closed due to multiple violations, including a rodent infestation. Safeway has a month to clean up its store or face more serious penalties from the DC Department of Health. (WTOP)
Speed cameras are working: DC's speed cameras are effective at reducing crashes, according to a new DDOT study. The 87 locations where speed cameras are installed saw an up to 20% reduction in crashes. (DCist)
Priced out of DC: A new report shows that housing prices in DC are out of reach for those in many professions because wages are not keeping pace with the housing market. An $80,000 salary is needed to afford the median-priced home of $302,000. (WAMU)
Region is hot for "hipster flipping": A listing of the top ten zip codes for flipping a property to sell to hipsters includes six Washington area zips, with Fairfax leading the way with an average flip profit of $210,020. (WTOP)
Sampling of the Purple Line: A series of two-minute dashboard cam videos shows what it will look like to ride the segment of the Purple Line from New Carrollton to the College Park Metro. (Hyattsville Wire, RTB)
China's future: While many problems plague Chinese cities, they are the key to China's continued economic success. To mitigate the pollution and congestion problems seen in China's biggest cities, urbanization should be strategic rather than rapid. (CNN)
And...: Once again, DC named the most literate city in the nation. (WAMU) … DC has the country's highest economic confidence. (DCist) … BWI saw 22.5 million passengers in 2013. (Post) … DC area renters save 34% on rent by living with significant other. (UrbanTurf) ... Alexandria man could get 7 years for death of pedestrian in Ballston. (Patch)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Phase One complete: Construction of the Silver Line is complete. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority now has 15 days to review and accept the work. Up to 90 days of further testing and training by Metro will follow. (Post)
The forgotten trail: The Rock Creek Park trail is in bad shape and too narrow in places. But NPS isn't doing anything about it and hasn't even given an update in 2 years. (Washingtonian)
A moratorium on the moratorium?: DC's liquor moratoriums date from an era when DC was the murder capital of America. Are they still necessary or desirable? (Post)
An ICC loyalty program?: Maryland gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler proposes to lower the tolls for frequent users of the Intercounty Connector and thinks the increased use will offset the lower tolls. (Post)
Complete streets everywhere?: The Safe Streets Act of 2014 would require states to develop complete streets policies for federally funded roads, where 2/3 of pedestrian deaths occur. (Streetsblog)
When gentrifiers become the gentrified: When does city life become too much? A former gentrifier reflects on the iniquities big and small that led to his move to the suburbs. What can be done to make cities work for everyone? (Next City)
Bikes elevated in Europe: A 221 km, $12 billion elevated cycletrack network through London could provide express cycling to half the area population. Meanwhile, the Dutch already have an elevated traffic circle for bikes. (Architect Magazine, Medium)
Love is better signage: Could improved signage at Metro stations help marital bliss? One Washington Post columnist thinks so, at least when it comes to Kiss & Rides.
And...: Renderings from Paris illustrate what can be done with abandoned Metro tunnels, like the Dupont Underground. (UrbanTurf) ... Temporary parking limitations may point the way to increasing sidewalk width in Georgetown. (Post) ... A man used a Metrobus to transport a mattress. (DCist)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Fun on Friday: Play the Mini Metro game
- Adding 15-minute Circulator routes would dilute the Circulator brand
- Comparing Metrobus and Metrorail farebox recovery is apples and oranges
- Where will DC's next 200,000 residents go? The mayoral candidates weigh in
- Topic of the week: Walking in unexpected places
- Metro FAQ: Why does Metro run express trains in one direction during single-tracking?
- Mayoral challengers criticize the Gray administration's streetcar progress
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