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Rediscover Columbus Circle: Construction work on Columbus Circle in front of Union Station is finished. The plaza now features wider sidewalks, bike lanes, and a simpler traffic pattern. (WTOP)
Settle down about bikeshare, NYC: Some vocal New Yorkers (and even one bike shop owner) are fighting Citibike stations. Remember when there was similar pushback when CaBi was starting? It all disappeared after the program started, and now people cheer, not fight, new stations. (Fox, TBD, THIH, Streetsblog)
Adams Morgan = West Village?: Which neighborhoods in DC (and other cities) correspond to parts of New York? H Street is Williamsburg, but Columbia Heights=
Bushwick seems like a stretch. What do you think? (Morning News via City Paper)
KIPP will have to wait for Randall: DC will continue with a deliberative process to create a Small Area Plan in Southwest, instead of letting KIPP build a campus there. (Southwest TLQTC) ... The Post editorial board is very disappointed.
Board sanctions Orange: DC's ethics board "admonished" Vincent Orange for keeping a campaign contributor's food warehouse open when health officials tried to shut it down. Orange will be able to get the violation expunged later this year. (Examiner)
Take a look: The MTA released renderings of what some Purple Line bridges might look like. (Patch) ... TheBus on Route 1 will get a paint tube paint scheme. (Gazette)
Is your commute an idyll?: WTOP is asking for stories of the longest and worst drives, which it calls "Commuter Idle." Streetsblog created a competing contest for the best stories of saving time by not driving: "Commuter Idyll."
Flood-control parkway: One planner wants to replace lanes on a Robert Moses-designed parkway in Queens and with dunes to protect against storms. (Next City)
And...: A reminder to give up your seat on Metro for pregnant women. (Unsuck DC Metro) ... Don't like sprawling mansions? Then check out this one-room house on Capitol Hill. (UrbanTurf) ... Tom Toles takes on food truck rules. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Streetcars alight in DC: DC's streetcars arrived in Anacostia at the new test track. DDOT plans to start testing them on H/Benning by October and carry passengers once the Federal Transit Administration approves. (Post)
"Young urbanists" electorally growing: Elissa Silverman had a strong showing in the special election with many votes from 20- and 30-something DC residents, including many young African-Americans, partly by campaigning on good government and a strong safety net. (Post)
Rooftop bars mapped: A crowd-sourced map of rooftop bars shows a wealth of choices in central DC and Arlington, but just one for Marylanders: the Doubletree Bethesda. Are there others? (Map Attacks, Tom A)
Height study starts with meetings: The upcoming federal/local study on possibly maybe changing the height limit announced 2 public meetings, Monday May 13 at the Petworth library and Saturday May 18 at the MLK library.
DC-CANnot give you Internet: DC has built a huge fiber-optic network with federal stimulus, but franchise agreements with Comcast and Verizon prohibit offering Internet access directly to residents. (City Paper)
Government goings-on: Mayor Gray wants to offer driver licenses to undocumented immigrants. (DCist) ... DC now has federal permission to hire an interim CFO. (Examiner) ... There's a lot of finger-pointing around the Silver Spring Transit Center. (Examiner)
Freeloading ends in Ocean City: Ocean City is raising its parking rates and adding meters on some streets where visitors were parking all day for free. (WAMU)
And...: Technology won't entirely replace transit maps. (Human Transit) ... ""If you are going to get arrested, do it in Arlington County." (Colbert) ... Who's on the board that decides Virginia transportation policy? (Tysons Engineer)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Police HQ swap for DCU stadium?: A potential DC United stadium deal could have DC give Akridge its aging police HQ on Indiana Avenue, in exchange for Akridge's Buzzard Point land and Akridge building a new police HQ on city land. (WBJ)
Post wants "cheap" HQ, handouts: Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth wants to find a "cheap" place for their new headquarters, near the Capitol and courthouses. It could be DC or Virginia, and she hopes governments woo the paper with money. (City Paper)
The housing action is in cities: Single-family house prices will not rise much over 10 years, predicts housing index cofounder Robert Shiller. Most growth is in multifamily housing, since more people want to rent and live in walkable places. (Yahoo)
Single unemployed people don't buy homes: Other possible reasons fewer people are buying houses: young Americans are getting married later and are more likely to be unemployed. (UrbanTurf)
McAuliffe backs ethics panel: Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe, has called for an independent state ethics panel. The FBI is looking at gifts given to Governor Bob McDonnell. Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee, received gifts from the same donor and opposes an ethics panel or a gift ban. (Post)
Metro morsels: The Verizon Center will pay to keep Metro open late for the NHL playoffs. (Post) ... Please don't open Metro emergency doors; one rider did and it stretched a short delay into a very long one. (WAMU) ... The Red Line was severely delayed this morning due to a cracked rail near Rhode Island Ave. (Post)
Bike bits: The long-awaited M Street NW cycle tracks are coming this August. (WTOP) ... CaBi is coming to Montgomery County by late summer. (Post) ... Watch DC install a CaBi station at Wisconsin and O in Georgetown. (Patch)
Development dollops: 9 developers submitted proposals for Walter Reed, and DC narrowed the list to 5, while Hill East received only 1 proposal. (City Paper) ... The Wonder Bread factory in Shaw is almost done with renovations. (Elevation DC)
Forethought for Foxx: Former transportation secretaries give Anthony Foxx some advice, like listening to good people in the bureaucracy. ... Is there any way President Obama can make a difference on transportation? (Streetsblog)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Rs say no to Outer Beltway: 6 Virginia Republican legislators came out against Governor McDonnell's plan to build the Outer Beltway in Virginia. They say it's too costly and will worsen traffic on I-66, which is the higher priority. (Examiner)
WaWa drama: Herndon isn't the only critic of a planned WaWa at Old Ox and Oak Grove Roads. Loudoun's Department of Planning criticized the proposal in a memo, saying a stand-alone single use is not compatible with the plan for the area. (WBJ)
DC cabs: red with gray stripe: The new design for DC taxis will be red with gray stripes, says the DC Taxicab Commission; the detailed design is not yet available. It will take some years before all cabs have the uniform colors, and some taxi companies vow to fight to keep their own colors. (NBC, City Paper)
Landmark Mall forgets peds, bikes: An Alexandria Transportation Commission representative opposes the current redevelopment plans for Landmark Mall, saying it lacks safe pedestrian and bicycling access from surrounding areas. (Patch)
Less foolish primary date: DC might move its primary date (again), to June. The current April 1, 2014 date invited jokes, would force candidates to collect petitions during the holidays, and would create 8-month lame ducks. (NBC)
Who's running: Robert Bobb, City Administrator under Tony Williams, is considering a run for mayor. (Post) ... Doug Gansler, Maryland Attorney General and likely candidate for governor, criticized the recent transportation funding bill. (Post)
Harder to FOIA Virginia: The Supreme Court unanimously upheld a Virginia law which limits FOIA requests to only come from Virginia residents. Many media organizations argued to overturn the rule. (Ars Technica)
And...: Parts of 3 Smithsonian museums will close due to sequestration. (City Paper) ... A new Tumblr blog chronicles the worst Cleveland Park neighborhood complaints. (DCist) ... Walk the future M Street bike lane with WABA on Monday.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Foxx for DOT: President Obama will nominate Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx as the new Secretary of Transportation. In Charlotte, Foxx pushed for increased density and a streetcar line and supported bicycle programs. (BikePortland)
A gift to ethics: Virginia is one of the few states left that allow public officials to accept personal gifts of any value. But a company paying for Governor McDonnell's daughter's wedding might make the state reconsider its ethics laws. (Post)
Franklin School draws interest: The Franklin School is currently in rough shape and has significant preservation restrictions, but that hasn't stopped developer interest in the former school. (City Paper)
Will autonomy survive?: Now that DC voters have approved budget autonomy, will DC actually get it? It's unlikely to be killed during the Congressional review period, but it could get repealed later as part of other legislation or face a court challenge. (Post)
Concrete blame game: Who's to blame for the problems with the Silver Spring Transit Center? While the contractor obviously made mistakes, do Montgomery County or WMATA share some blame for lack of oversight? (Post)
Last stop for gas: The last gas stations on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda will soon close, reflecting a trend across the region and nation of stations disappearing in walkable, transit-oriented areas. (Post)
Transportation trends: More people in the area who didn't learn to ride a bike as a kid are doing so now as adults. Many credit Capital Bikeshare and seeing other cyclists as inspiring them to ride. More people are also riding the bus, pushing jurisdictions to add service and consider dedicated lanes. (Post)
Plant a tree: DC and the region has many more trees on the west side of the city than the east. But not all residents of tree-sparser neighborhoods are eager for green; some fear they would attract crime or drive gentrification. (Or both?) (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Metro backs out of transit center: WMATA does not want to run the Silver Spring Transit Center. While they will still run Metrobuses at the facility, they've abandoned their plan to also use it for intercity buses. (Post)
WMATA budget was easy: The WMATA board quickly approved its budget for 2014 with little controversy. The budget does not include a fare increase or a large subsidy increase from the jurisdictions. (Post)
A patriotic SmarTrip: Metro will sell a commemorative Independence Day SmarTrip with a one-day pass on the card. The card is aimed at tourists, where the one-day pass helps them avoid the confusing fares. (Examiner)
The rich parts of the Metro: Riffing off a New Yorker feature showing the income level along each stop of the NYC Subway, Chris D-P creates similar graphs for the lines of the Washington Metro. One Orange Line stop's income is 3 times another. (City Paper)
Out of staters take local spaces: Many residents complain that it's because of out-of-state drivers that there are no parking spaces in their neighborhood. (Post)
Market rate or a market?: Should a warehouse across from Navy Yard Metro be a community market? Neighbors want it, but the GSA, which owns the site, wants to get the maximum value, which likely means a larger private building on the site. (City Paper)
Less intrusive government, only if you behave: John Mica isn't so hot on DC budget autonomy, saying his teenagers also wanted budget autonomy, but "As long as [DC is] minding [its] P's and Q's ... I think the government can back off." That's real small-
government conservatism right there. (Fox 5)
TIGER roars: TIGER grants have been a huge success, garnering praise from across the political spectrum and encouraging innovation in transportation. (Streetsblog)
And...: Chicago's bikeshare system Divvy will start in June. (Chicago Tribune) ... Is it White Flint or North Bethesda? (BethesdaNow) ... Hearings on the Wheaton Costco gas station start today. (Patch, Dan. S) ... Hertz On Demand joins ZipCar in Bethesda. (RD@BR)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Reservations over Reservation 13: The sole proposal for Reservation 13 in Hill East is a mixed-use, mixed-income project with 353 apartments. Is the city's seeming lack of commitment to the site the reason there is only one proposal? Neighbors are very frustrated with the process to date, and said so. (UrbanTurf, City Paper)
Traffic cameras are popular: 87% of DC residents support red light cameras and 76% support speed cameras, a study found. 59% of people who'd gotten tickets said they deserved them. John Townsend seems unusually subdued. (Examiner)
MoCo CaBi coming; Floreen wants lanes: Montgomery County signed a contract with Alta to bring Capital Bikeshare there by this fall. Nancy Floreen says the county needs to do more to add bike lanes in Bethesda and Silver Spring. (WTOP)
Do we need another highway?: Virginia took another step forward for its Outer Beltway segment west of Dulles. The $1 billion road aims to spur growth, but it will mostly be sprawl, and there's little analysis behind the decision. (WAMU)
Walk the long way to VRE: VRE is warning people not to cross the railroad tracks in Burke. The shortcut shaves a several-block detour and Fairfax hopes to build a pedestrian bridge, but that won't happen for years. (WTOP)
More power for ethics?: The new DC Board of Ethics and Government Accountability has recommended several changes to DC's ethics laws including criminalizing conflict-of-interest violations, ethics rules for all city employees, and the power to recommend expulsion of council members. (Examiner)
Small units get big: The micro-unit trend continues as a mixed-use proposal for a plot of land on Florida Avenue NW would include 200 micro apartments. (UrbanTurf)
Safer without stoplights: One English town took out the stoplights and walk signals at one intersection and replaced it with an unusual double roundel design. The result is slower moving car traffic and safer pedestrian traffic. (Kottke, Jared C)
And...: What would DC look like if sea levels rose? (Post) ... Ever wonder how some of the area's more oddly named roads got their name? (WTOP) ... The good news about sequestration? It might be easing congestion. (Examiner) ... Trump's Old Post Office hotel gets initial approval. (Post) ... Stoddert auctions off a parking space. (Hyperlocal GP)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Bonds wins: Anita Bonds won Tuesday's special election with 32% of the vote. Elissa Silverman was second with 28%, Patrick Mara 23%, and Matt Frumin 11%. (Post)
Budget referendum passes easily: DC voters overwhelmingly supported the budget autonomy referendum Tuesday. Will DC's congressional overlords be upset by citizens asserting their rights? (DCist)
Regional transit system emerging in Maryland: Officials in Howard and Anne Arundel County are pushing for a truly regional bus system under a unified name and fare structure. (Baltimore Sun)
Fewer offices, more Silver Spring housing: A proposed office building switched to residential and is adding almost 300 apartments to downtown Silver Spring. The county planning office says this is part of a trend. (Gazette)
Bag fee for fewer stores?: 4 Montgomery councilmembers want to narrow the year-old bag fee to only affect stores that sell food (like DC's law). Council staff and the Department of Environmental Protection want the law to stay. (Examiner)
Tesla blocked from Virginia: Tesla wanted to open a showroom in Tysons, but Virginia law wouldn't allow it because they weren't going through a dealership. The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association lobbied for the decision. (WTOP)
Every stadium deal has a subsidy: Matt Yglesias is skeptical that a DC United stadium deal would be good for DC. The team may pay for the stadium but the land and infrastructure would be free. All that for 17 games per year. (Slate)
And...: The recently-announced Silver Line bids are just the first of many contracts for Phase 2. (Post) ... Pennsylvania Avenue finally reopens to pedestrians and cyclists. (NBC) ... A Beverly Hills driver mowed down a cyclist and was caught on camera. (Fox LA)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Vote today. Why not now?: Today is the special election in DC. We've endorsed Elissa Silverman for Council at-large and a yes vote on the referendum for budget autonomy. Polls are open until 8 pm; find your polling place here.
Marijuana arrests target blacks: 91% of the people arrested in DC for marijuana possession are black, and that proportion increased in recent years even as the city added white residents, many of whom likely smoke pot. (City Paper)
United stadium looking likely: City Administrator Allen Lew is confident there can be a deal for DC United to build a stadium on Pepco and Akridge land in Buzzard Point. (Post) ... The at-large candidates are supportive as well. (DCist)
Trees are ultimately obstacles: Ultimate Frisbee players say new trees in the Ellipse make it hard to find places to play; spaces on the Mall itself are even scarcer. (DCist)
Swing span got stuck: The swing span on the South Capitol Bridge got stuck in the open position during a test this past Sunday morning. (DCist)
Met Branch Trail unstuck: The preservation group that controls the historic Silver Spring station changed its mind and will allow review to go forward for the Metropolitan Branch Trail past the building. It had been using the area for parking. (WABA)
Count people and bikes in Alexandria: The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee needs volunteers to conduct bike and pedestrian counts on May 9 and 11 in 14 locations around the city. Can you help?
We're renting more, driving less: Young people aren't driving more even as the economy rebounds, thanks to higher gas prices, urban living, and services that make it easier to go car-free. (Post) ... Americans are also more likely to be renters and less likely to care about owning a home. (Atlantic Cities)
And...: A bike helmet flashes a cyclist's level of stress. (Wired) ... VDOT wants feedback on its bike map. (FABB) ... The 4th annual "Potholepalooza" is on. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
Cheaper than we thought: All 5 bids for phase 2 of the Silver Line came in under the initial projection of $1.4 billion, the airports authority revealed. (Post)
Fairfax re-connects: Fairfax Connector is adjusting routes for the coming Silver Line, but some worry there won't be enough parking at the new stations, causing overflow into neighborhoods. (WTOP)
Silverman asked Frumin to drop out: Elissa Silverman tried to convince Matt Frumin to drop out of Tuesday's DC Council at-large special election. Silverman may have offered to support Frumin against Mary Cheh next year instead, but he declined. (Post)
Did Mara break the rules?: The Office of Campaign Finance will investigate whether Patrick Mara violated campaign fundraising law when he received payment for pitching his donors for a conservative think tank. (City Paper)
WMATA board boards Metro: WMATA board members take Metro at varying frequencies. Marcel Acosta and Tom Downs take it daily, some only once a week. Muriel Bowser and the Prince George's members didn't give specifics. (Examiner)
What's Hoover's replacement?: Teams of real estate graduate students imagined what could replace the FBI building. Georgetown's submission included a "Hoover tower," housing microunits, office space, and no parking. (Post)
Older suburbs see teardowns: Smaller houses in desirable neighborhoods in Arlington and Montgomery once owned by older, long-time residents are getting torn down at a rapid pace to build larger, more modern houses. (Post)
Carbon emissions in Fairfax: 37% of carbon emissions in Fairfax County come from transportation. And 70% of the increase in transportation emissions since 2006 come from people just passing through the county. (FABB)
Franklin Park-ing lot?: A 1920s plan to widen K Street included an idea to make all of Franklin Square a parking lot. A Washington Post op-ed condemned the idea and pushed underground garages instead. (Ghosts of DC)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Cyclists are special and do have their own rules
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- Metro policy for refunds after delays falls short, riders say
- Judge denies injunction against closing schools
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- O'Malley announces first projects using new gas tax money
- ICC losing bus service in classic bait and switch