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Tomorrow (Thursday) is a big day!

Among other things, the NW DC and WMATA budget hearings, the last two in the series, will take place at 7 pm with an open house at 6:30. Sign up by emailing

They will probably be pretty full, so arrive early to get an early speaking slot. If they’re like last time, they’ll take speakers in the order they arrive, regardless of signup order.

Update: They’ll be taking people in the order they sign up, so sign up ASAP. Online signups close at 2 pm; after that, you can still sign up in person, but will go after the people who signed up online.

At 11 am, Mayor Fenty will announce the DC FY2011 budget, and we’ll find out whether it has room for added transit contributions or whether it sets the region on the edge of the “death spiral.”

Finally, DDOT Director Gabe Klein will appear on the Kojo Nnamdi Show for a long segment at 12:06. (The first six minutes are the news.) Call in with your questions about WMATA funding, streetcars, bicycle lanes, bus priority, performance parking, pedestrian safety, snow, and more.

Meanwhile, throughout the day, feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss the serious news of the day.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.