D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown released his proposed budget last night. Many transportation priorities will get funded, despite removing graduated residential parking permits. The income tax is replaced with a tax on out-of-state bonds. And many services for the less fortunate remain in limbo.
Brown’s budget proposal maintains transportation programs funded in Mayor Gray’s budget and Tommy Wells’s additions. Streetcars still get $100 million of capital dollars, $25 million this year. Capital Bikeshare gets $2 million for 40 more stations, meaning DDOT will need your ideas at tonight’s meeting to add to locations already proposed.
Metro also gets the money it needs to avoid almost all service cuts. With Maryland and Virginia already ready to contribute, D.C.’s decision should ensure that weekend Metrorail headways don’t increase and some bus lines won’t get cut, like the E6, whose riders rallied strongly for the line. The N8 and K1 lines are still slated for elimination.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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