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President Obama’s budget cuts $15 million in WMATA repair money. DC, Maryland and Virginia match this funding, so this could mean $30 million less in repairs to track signals or escalators. (Post) Twitter
Republicans for transit
Six Republican Congressmen from New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio support restoring transit funding in the transportation bill. Several also plan to vote against the bill in its current form. (Streetsblog) Twitter
Bethesda second entrance lives
A Montgomery County Council committee voted to restore funding for the Bethesda Metro second entrance, delaying it just one year instead of indefinitely as in County Executive Leggett’s budget. Roger Berliner and Hans Riemer voted for the change, while Nancy Floreen abstained. (Post, Examiner) Twitter
From vacant lot to trendy market
A shipping container market and event space is slated for the vacant lots north of Nationals Park. The market, replacing The Bullpen and Das Bullpen, will be modeled after Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market. (JDLand) Twitter
Will Trump Post Office fail?
Why did GSA choose Donald Trump to redevelop the Old Post Office? Steven Pearlstein says Trump’s numbers don’t add up and the project is headed for a bankruptcy like several prior Trump projects. (Post) Twitter
Property rights on the ballot
Restrictions on eminent domain will be on Virginia’s November ballot after a Senate vote on an amendment to the state’s constitution. The change would cost the state $36 million a year, or maybe much more. (Post) Twitter
Arts fade downtown
Zoning regulations require arts spaces downtown, but many galleries have been priced out, and those that remain are not very accessible or visible. But the zoning has helped a lively theater scene thrive downtown. (Post) Twitter