Next stop Lynchburg: A Virginia board approved funding for two new daily trains, one from Lynchburg to DC via Charlottesville and Culpeper, and the other from Richmond to DC. The service could begin as early as October. (News Advance via Stephen)
Not so HOT: Arlington and NoVa leaders, including WMATA Board representative Chris Zimmerman, aren’t so sure about widening I-95 with new HOT lanes. “Slugs”, who solo drivers pick up at designated points to fill up their car and use the HOV lanes, worry the lanes could doom the successful practice. The private operator, in efforts to maximize revenue, could even slow traffic below its current HOV speeds. (Examiner, WTOP)
In other HOT news: Activists filed suit against the Beltway HOT lanes and their builder, Fluor-Transurban, the same company that would operate the proposed new lanes. And 32 percent of drivers on I-66 inside the Beltway, where all lanes are HOV, are violating the HOV restrictions. (Examiner, Post)
Lee Highway is next: Arlington planners want to start laying plans for the future of Lee Highway, which Joey looked at in December. The economic slowdown, officials say, should give some breathing room for planners to think about the long term. (Sun Gazette via Joey)
Potomac Yard Metro on track: Alexandria formally established a Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Feasibility Work Group to explore building an infill station in the Potomac Yards area. They’ll discuss the station at a public meeting tomorrow, 7 pm at the Sister Cities Conference Room, City Hall Room 1101. Can anyone attend and report back with a guest post?
No more shared parking in Herndon: Herndon requires developers to provide parking but allows them to buy use of some of the public parking. The prices haven’t gone up since at least 1996, and now there’s no remaining shared parking available to buy. (Connection via Ben T)
Shooting in Anacostia Metro: An argument that began at Gallery Place-Chinatown resulted in the shooting of a teenager at 12:20 am Sunday. Metro officers were already in Anacostia station at the time and arrested a suspect. Metro maintains that shootings on the system remain a “very rare occurrence.” (Post via Stephen)
Transit tax deduction increasing: The stimulus bill raised the cap on transit commuting tax deductions from $120 a month to $230 a month. It now matches the level car commuters can deduct for parking. However, argues The Transport Politic, few transit commuters spend more than $120 a month, and argues for lowering the parking deduction instead.
Washington Metropolitan Area Twitter Authority: Last week, DCist discovered new Twitter feeds giving status updates for each of the Metrorail lines. WMATA launched them around the Inauguration but hasn’t publicized them, letting them spread by word-of-mouth (and now word-of-blog).