Would lifting DC’s height limit help Republicans stop Virginia’s recent blue trend? DC may have already lost some blue-leaning residents to the Virginia suburbs but housing pressures could turn Virginia solidly blue. (New Republic, Amber)
Conservatives take on transit
A Republican bill would eliminate dedicated federal funding for biking, transit, and pedestrian projects. The bill calls for drastic reduction of federal gas tax and placing all spending decisions at the state level. (Streetsblog)
Japan’s big maglev offer
Japan has offered billions of dollars in finance costs to build a maglev line, capable of over 300 mph, in the Northeast Corridor. The offer includes free maglev guideway and propulsion systems between DC and Baltimore. (NYT)
Instant biking cities
Lego-style instant bike lanes could allow reluctant cities to try out cycling without building permanent biking infrastructure. These snap-in-place bike lanes cost a tenth of permanent cycle tracks. (Fast Company, Dave Murphy)
Where are the fed jobs?
The Washington region is 4th for federal workforce concentration after Colorado Springs, Virginia Beach, and Honolulu. Ironically, red states are more heavily tied to federal employment than blue states. (Atlantic Cities)
Monday night derailment
Amtrak and MARC’s Penn Line trains between Baltimore and DC were halted after Amtrak’s Silver Meteor train derailed in the B&P tunnel on Monday night. The train was carrying 158 passengers but no injuries were reported. (Post)
Transit news roundup highlights a German city’s insanely cheap tram line, Hong Kong’s MTR expansion into Sweden, Houston’s re-emphasis on bus ridership over coverage, and Manchester’s possible tram-train network. (Next City)
GGWash is supported by our members, corporate supporters, and foundations.