The cut to the transit subsidy from $245 to $130 means a more expensive commute for some workers. With some Metro riders facing up to $116 more out of pocket, can ridership stay steady? (Post)
Northeast maglev in 10 years?
DC to Baltimore in 15 minutes could come faster than you think according to the CEO of Northeast Maglev, a company pushing for a high-speed rail line. Could it really be a reality in the next decade? (WTOP)
No credit cards in some taxis
One company that processes credit card payments for DC taxi drivers is the latest of 3 to go out of business. 846 cabs will have to find another company to process their credit card transactions. (WAMU, Post)
More people, more policing
DC’s population has increased by 74,000 residents since 2000. With 3,980 DC police officers, the DC Police Chief believes that the city could require even more. The department has also deployed specially trained nightlife officers in the District’s nightlife areas. (WAMU)
Don’t expect speed from streetcar
When the streetcar on H Street NE becomes operational, residents should not expect fast speeds, especially considering that it will not be on a dedicated lane. A new report compares the speeds of BRT, light rail, buses, and streetcars. (City Paper)
Who wants the Pike streetcar?
Of the 3 Democrats running to succeed Chris Zimmerman, Alan Howze and Peter Fallon support the Columbia Pike streetcar. Cord Thomas, who founded and then sold EnviroCab, came out against it. (Patch)
Austin, Texas has been expanding bike infrastructure around the city. One city school has seen the number of students riding bikes rise from 2 to 40 after the city installed a protected bike lane. (Streetsblog)
Even lower height limits
Apparently feeling that not enough people are being priced out of Seattle, some council members who think a 5-story building is an abomination are considering reducing height limits in parts of the city. (Seattle Transit)