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More trains just for DC?
DC wants more transit, but Maryland and Virginia may not want to pay. Can DC go it alone with trains that turn around at the DC line? Board members shut down Harriet Tregoning’s efforts to explore the idea. (City Paper)
The Maryland legislature wants to prohibit Governor Hogan from unilaterally moving money from the Purple and Baltimore Red lines to road projects while the legislature is out of session. (Maryland Reporter)
No streetcar schedule
New DDOT chief Leif Dormsjo would not commit to any deadline for opening the streetcar, saying it could be “two weeks, or two months or two years.” (Post) … Tranpsortion committee chair Mary Cheh is losing confidence and wants to consider “further scaling back” the system. (NBC4)
Georgetown businesses desperate for transit connections see a gondola to Rosslyn as a real option. But would the Park Service ever allow something with wires across the Potomac? (CityLab)
Mary Hynes will not seek re-election to the Arlington County Board this year. Along with Walter Tejada, this means there will be two open seats on the 5-member board. (ArlNow) … Fairfax Supervisor Gerald Hyland is also retiring. (Post)
More bikes in Baltimore
While Baltimore has fallen behind other cities in building bike lanes, it has now committed to a downtown bicycle network including a 2.6 mile north-south protected bikeway on Maryland Avenue. (Baltimore Sun)