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A new plan hopes to transform New Carrollton into a set of five walkable neighborhoods centered around a renovated “transit hub” combining Amtrak, MARC, Metro, the Purple Line, and buses. The plan envisions high-density mixed-use districts just north and south of the station, a more walkable mixed-use commercial corridor along Annapolis Road, and a “Garden City” mixed-use neighborhood replacing suburban office parks southeast of the station, next to the interchange of the Beltway and US-50. (Post, A.M, Scott) (Tip: A.M)Twitter
Virginia will “apply” for federal stimulus funds to add a third track between Prince William and Stafford Counties. This would allow for 10-car express trains, traveling 90 to 110 mph with only two interim stops. VRE spokeman Mark Roeber says, “Those trains would take as much as one lane’s worth of traffic off the highway in one fell swoop, and anyone who boarded the express service would be guaranteed to beat any car on the road and get to work faster.” It’s not clear from the article whether this is regular stimulus money Virginia gets no matter what, or an application for a competitive TIGER grant. (Inside NoVa, David C) (Tip: David C)Twitter
Boston is launching a bike sharing program using Montreal’s Bixi, which DC is also reportedly considering. Stations are solar powered and easier to add than SmartBike, but at $76 for an annual membership and costs for using a bike longer than half an hour, it’s pricier than SmartBike too. The system should open next year. (Christian Science Monitor, Gavin Baker) (Tip: Gavin Baker)Twitter
Not a free parking space
3rd Ward, a shared workspace for designers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is offering a free bike as a perk of membership. (Gavin Baker) (Tip: Gavin Baker)Twitter
Lower gas prices meant lower Amtrak ridership nationwide from record highs last summer. Northeast Corridor ridership is off 6.5%, and the Acela Express dropped 12%. (Post, Gavin Baker) (Tip: Gavin Baker)Twitter