Gabe Klein Tweeted a picture of the multimodal screens DDOT is unveiling, with upcoming transit arrivals, a map of nearby amenities, weather and more. Twitter
Bye bye SmartBike
SmartBike is shutting down on January 2, and SmartBike locations that don’t already have a CaBi station will get one. (Dr. Gridlock) ... DDOT’s contract with Clear Channel gives them bus shelter revenue in exchange for running SmartBike, and DDOT was trying to get Clear Channel to pay something for the right to get out of their responsibility. We’ll try to find out if they succeeded. Twitter
Transit benefit passes, but a little late?
The $230/month transit benefit passed Congress as part of the tax bill. Many workers can continue deducting that pretax, and federal workers will get it for free. But some employers might take a month or two to switch back if they already reduced the benefit to $120 as expected, and also the extension will be up for renewal or expiration next year. (Examiner) Twitter
It’s Bilbray, not Chaffetz
Jason Chaffetz won’t be heading the DC oversight subcommitteee in the House after all, instead taking oversight of TSA and DHS (and he opposes the full body scanners). Instead, DC’s House overlord will be San Diego Republican Brian Bilbray, who attended a WMATA oversight hearing where I testified but seemed to have a mysterious irritation with automatic train control. (Slate) Twitter