Metro currently projects a $9 million surplus for the end of this fiscal year in June. If that holds up, the money will go back to the jurisdictions, especially since at $13.7 million, the operating reserve is almost at its allowable maximum. If MetroAccess cost increases don’t eat it all up, Metro should at least use the $9 million surplus or increase the reserve fund instead of giving the money back. (Examiner, Kreeggo) (Tip: Kreeggo)
Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania is getting considerable criticism for directing federal funds to an “Airport for Nobody,” an airport with huge runways and modern control towers east of Pittsburgh that only served 20 people per day last year. The bigger scandal is that Amtrak takes seven and a half hours from DC to Pittsburgh. How about steering some federal dollars toward a nice high-speed line in Pennsylvania? (ABC News, Ward 1 Guy) (Tip: Ward 1 Guy)
Benning on track for tracks
DDOT is accelerating the Benning Road Great Streets reconstruction, which includes installation of streetcar tracks for a future streetcar service. Now that we have tracks, the decision on the power source is holding up further progress on a streetcar in this area. (Streetcars4DC, Michael P) (Tip: Michael P)
NYC may require “green retrofits”
Mayor Bloomberg has proposed energy audits every ten years for buildings of 50,000 square feet or more, and mandatory retrofits such as green roofs for buildings not meeting emissions standards. 80% of the carbon emissions in New York City come from the buildings. (GlobeSt, Gavin Baker) (Tip: Gavin Baker)
BeyondDC compares and contrasts statements by former DOT Secretary Mary Peters and current Secretary Ray LaHood. Peters claimed that bicycle trails and similar facilities weren’t “transportation”; LaHood says that mode is an important part of the mobility mix.
PW-DC ferry in testing
This week, Prince William County will test ferry service to DC. It would probably run from Quantico to the Navy Yard with potential stops in at Fort Belvoir, National Harbor, Nationals ballpark and more. (WTOP, Froggie) (Tip: Froggie)
Zipcar managing governmental car sharing
In a pilot program in DC, Zipcar ran a separate car sharing system for DC government workers, using a city-owned fleet but a similar reservation system. DC saved over $1 million in the first year. Now, Zipcar is taking the system, called FastFleet, to other cities. (WTOP)
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