Except for MetroAccess riders, few riders gave feedback during recent budget hearings. Could an independent riders’ group have swayed the outcome? (Post)
Independence from delays
The Silver Line could open by July 4. MWAA hopes to hand the project over to WMATA by the end of the month, and WMATA hopes to have its review done 60 days after that. (WTOP)
Ellen McCarthy, planning director
Mayor Gray has appointed Ellen McCarthy to head the DC Office of Planning for the rest of his term. (bloomingdale) … McCarthy held the post under Mayor Williams and is a strong proponent of smart growth.
New drawings illustrate various parts of the proposed waterfront redesign, which aims to connect the many public spaces and increase activity, especially near the end of King Street. (WBJ)
Under the crossing
How do you build 3 blocks of mixed-use buildings on top of a freeway? Washingtonian has an interactive diagram of what will go into the construction of the Capitol Crossing project over I-395 east of Judiciary Square.
Waste into power
By processing wastewater through pressure-cookers and digesters, DC Water hopes to generate enough power to cut its electricity consumption by a third, while also generating fertilizer to sell to farmers. (Post, Jim)
Ryan rejects Amtrak
Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget makes large cuts to transportation funding, including the complete elimination of the subsidy for Amtrak. The budget, however, has little chance of becoming law anytime soon. (Streetsblog)