A majority of DC government employees don’t actually live in DC. Marylanders outnumber DC residents, even though residents get preference as part of the hiring process. (Post)
Residents of a nursing home sold to Sidwell Friends School say they should get the opportunity to purchase their living space under DC’s Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). A lawsuit will decide if the law applies. (Post)
Grace period for Metro fare
Metro riders can now exit a station within 15 minutes of entering it without having to pay the base fare.
Plastic bag tax success?
The purpose of Montgomery County’s 2012 plastic bag tax was to reduce use. It’s unclear whether it has been effective to that end, but it has generated a lot of revenue for the county, and traps along streams are catching fewer bags. (Post)
Articulating the X2 problem
SafeTrack’s second surge brought more crowding to the busy X2 bus. Riders say there were fewer articulated buses on the route, a problem Metro confirmed on Twitter and then later denied. (WAMU)
Could a tax on miles driven be a viable alternative to the gas tax? Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire are launching pilots to better understand how to implement such programs, and if the public will support the change. (Post)
, according to government data. Bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities also increased. The overall increase correlates to a decrease in gas prices. (AP)
Zoning laws that try to “maintain neighborhood character” often mean less development, and greater inequality. In Massachusetts and California, lawmakers want to limit the reach of zoning laws to encourage development. (NYT)
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