Bike lanes, parks in NoMA and around the city, streetcars, libraries seven days a week, new trash cans for free, school modernizations, and many more programs get funding under the operating and capital budgets D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is unveiling this morning.
* Streetcars: In the six-year capital plan, streetcars get $400 million, which should fund completing the first line from Minnesota Avenue to Georgetown, engineering the Anacostia line, and studies for north-south lines such as Georgia Avenue.
The operating budget contains $6.2 million to start running the streetcar, which Gray continues to promise will roll by the end of the calendar year.
* Bike infrastructure: There is a pot of $10.7 million for bike lanes and trails, which appears to be entirely new; formerly, there was no dedicated local bike money. The budget staff has promised to follow up to confirm this. Another $5.1 million will go to “bike-friendly streetscapes,” which will be interesting to see in more detail.
* Capital Bikeshare: The mayor is funding 10 more Capital Bikeshare stations beyond the ones that are already supposed to be going in. In December, The D.C. Department of Transportation announced 78 locations, of which it had funding for 54 and was going to install those by March. Unfortunately, it’s late in installing most of those. That list also identified 24 future locations, so this budget funds 10.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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