House Transportation chair John Mica (R-FL) and fellow Republicans are proposing to privatize Amtrak’s Northeast corridor, having a private company operate it and upgrade to high-speed service.
Mica thinks upgrades can happen in a third the time Amtrak is proposing, and also thinks this would reduce federal subsidies by drawing private investment. But is it realistic for private industry to do all that with less money? Democrats point out that all transportation systems need government support. (Post)
A defense bill passed by the House would limit parking at the Mark Center in Alexandria, where Virginia officials fear BRAC moves will overwhelm the transit-poor area with traffic. It will also let DoD delay some moves and spend some of its money on transportation improvements outside the bases. (Post)
Marion Barry tried to talk over the objections of committee co-chair Michael Brown at yesterday’s redistricting hearing. There’s video of a long and hilarious verbal battle for the microphone. Barry is also threatening a lawsuit if he doesn’t get Near Southeast. (DCist, Examiner)
Riding Capital Bikeshare recently made New Yorker Sarah Goodyear “see [DC] in a whole new way,” seeing connections between neighborhoods as never before. Veronica Davis talks about a client who had a similar experience. (Grist)