Inside D.C.’s transportation future


In D.C.’s draft plan for decades of transportation improvements, bike lanes are only the beginning. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

The shape of the District’s transportation future should come as little surprise to those who have listened closely to D.C.’s elected officials and planners over the past 15 years: More transit, dedicated bus lanes, new Metro rail lines and hundreds of miles of new bike lanes, as well as new vehicle tolls and other moves to discourage auto commuting. All of that is contained in the new “moveDC” plan, the Post’s Luz Lazo reports, released last week by the D.C. transportation department after a year-long public process. Transit availability and reliability would increase under the plan, she writes. “But dissuading driving could be a challenge in a city in which almost 35 percent of residents drive to work alone and only about 6.2 percent carpool.” You have until June 27 to review the plan and share your thoughts at wemovedc.org.

In other news:

Kelvin Robinson, former top aide to Anthony Williams, pleads guilty to campaign corruption (PostLoose LipsWashingtonianWJLA-TVWUSA-TVDCistAP)

So who’s next? (Hill RagWAMU-FM)

“Ban the box” bill finally clears a D.C. Council vote (PostDCist)

Wage theft bill got okayed, too (DCist)

The death of 23-year-old Errick Lamarr Pratt Jr., aka PopSmoothe, “is a story about the painful cost of carelessness with firearms” (Post)

Jeff Miller is your acting deputy mayor for planning and economic development (WBJ)

David Alpert parses the streetcar funding cut (GGW)

Jeffrey Thompson is allowed to visit Jamaica to visit his ailing 95-year-old mother (Post)

Tom Sherwood: “Let the record be clear. Brown wasn’t ‘caught up’ in corruption. He ‘was’ the corruption.” (WRC-TV)

In praise of the D.C. Council’s tax reform package (Post editorial)

A small group of fitness buffs exercised against the “gym tax” Tuesday (WTTG-TVWRC-TVWJLA-TVWUSA-TVCity Desk)

Washington Interfaith Network leads rally for D.C. General improvements (DCistWJLA-TVWRC-TVWTOP)

Courtland Milloy: D.C.’s young black males strive to succeed against long odds (Post column)

FY15 budget includes $10 million to deck over Connecticut Avenue north of Dupont Circle (GGWWTOP)

Burleith residents fight hard to stay in Stoddert Elementary’s boundaries (G’town Met)

Inside the new Petworth Safeway (Housing Complex)

Car blast is said to have targeted firefighter (Post)

Gay men chronicle street harassment they’ve known (DCist)

Threat is called in to Wilson High (WNEW-FM)

Tallying up Capital Bikeshare’s infrequent casualties (City Desk)

Bikeshare is not amused by jury-rigged child seat attachments (WAMU-FM)

How the Navy plans to put Building 197 back to work (WRC-TV)

Ambulance went back out on call after elderly man vomited in it (WTTG-TV)

Park Service contract lapse means some grass has gone uncut (WRC-TV)

A list of lovely but underappreciated parks (Curbed)

Try out Thursday to be a Metro-station performer (Dr. Gridlock)

Pennsylvania developer takes over Union Market residential site (Post)

CityCenter apartments are half-leased (Curbed)

Jean-Georges Vongerichten is cutting ties with the W (Washingtonian)

Yes, even east-of-the-river residents will be able to get booze by app (City Desk)

D.C. Eagle closes on new Benning Road home (Metro Weekly)

Galley Place sinkhole! (Dr. Gridlock)

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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