Can Metro keep up with the boom?

October 14, 2013

Can Metro handle the region’s growth without growing itself? (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

In real estate circles both in the city and in the region, “transit-oriented development” is the hottest thing going. But Jonathan O’Connell asks a key question in this week’s Capital Business: Can the transit handle all the development?

Consider this fact: “Of the 5.5 million square feet of office space under construction in the region, about 4.6 million of it, or 84 percent, isn’t just near a Metro station but within a quarter-mile of one.” And the bulk of that development is on Metro’s busiest lines — the Red and Orange. Metro planners say the demand for transit-accessible housing and offices proves the system’s worth, and that planned improvements over the next 10 to 15 years will manage capacity. But the system, they say, needs better balance — with more jobs in traditionally office-sparse areas of the suburbs.

In other news:

Campaign finance roundup: Jack Evans raises a lot, spends a lot (PostLoose LipsDCistAP)

In Logan Circle and Bloomingdale, perceptions of crime tend not to match the stats (Post)

Colby King warns D.C. leaders not to play into GOP’s hands during shutdown talks (Post column)

D.C. cop is accused of laundering drug money by purchasing fancy cars (AP)

Now on the D.C. Council agenda: The “Keep Your Word on Raising the Minimum Wage Accountability Act” (Post op-ed)

David Catania wants to spend as much as $75 million a year on college tuition subsidies (Post)

Time for the council to move on immigrant ID bill — one that’s compliant with federal law (Post editorial)

Wilson High principal says students will discuss ban on Redskins apparel (PostWTTG-TVWJLA-TV)

Dan Snyder’s “refusal to acknowledge the offense caused by the team’s name or to think seriously about changing it will prolong the debate, but it probably won’t change its outcome” (Post editorial)

Here’s some palatable alternative names and logos (Post column)

Vincent Gray in radio address: “We’re getting to the point where we’ve exhausted every dollar legally available to us” (WNEW-FM)

Gray takes his shutdown message to Wilson High students (WTTG-TV)

More national/international coverage of D.C.’s shutdown woes (WSJEpoch Times)

Metro GM on shutdown: “Eventually something significant could occur here” (Dr. Gridlock)

If shutdown goes much longer, DCPS will still teach but they may not get paid (Post)

Deborah Simmons says Gray should pay charter schools during shutdown regardless (WaTimes)

Oh, God, not the lottery tickets (DofD)

And definitely not the rape kits (HuffPo)

Destination DC tries to convince tourists to keep coming to shut-down D.C. (City Desk)

“Don’t tell me there is nothing to do in this city during a shutdown” (Post)

Companies implicated in Options charter school scandal will get their own receiver (Post)

Federal judge handling school closure lawsuit grants limited discovery (Post)

Taxi drivers are frustrated by late payments from credit card processor (WAMU-FM)

But they are warming to the new color scheme (WRC-TV)

New license design you’ll probably hate (DofD)

Verizon Center will no longer pay FEMS for ambulance service (WaTimes)

Emily Miller on why foiled mugging of off-duty cop proves we should all carry guns (WaTimes)

MPD wants protest-group-infiltration lawsuit tossed (AP)

Man accused of killing brother and sister in July will be held pending trial (Post)

Man killed in Rock Creek Park last month was Salvadoran immigrant (Post)

Guilty verdict in March 2012 IHOP shooting (Blade)

Police making last ditch to find witness to 1992 murder in East Potomac Park (WTTG-TV)

Second arrest made in March killing outside downtown nightclub (Homicide Watch)

Sixty arrested in weekend prostitution sting downtown (Post)

Is North Capitol Street about to blow up? (UrbanTurf)

Petworth: Already well past blowing up (Post Real Estate)

Eastern and Phelps get back in the gridiron groove (Post)

Courtesy of Casey Trees, a handy guide to fall colors in the city limits (DCist)

Survey says: People have strong opinions about parking! (GGW)

Hotel plan for Cissy Patterson home gets ANC’s OK (SALM)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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