Can Metro expand for the next generation while also upgrading its existing service? (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

Metro might seem like it’s having a hard enough time funding and running the system it already has, but a growing population and economy demand that the nation’s second-largest rail transit system plan for the future. The Post’s Dana Hedgpeth reports that a new strategic plan, set to be presented to Metro board members today, proposes new downtown rail tunnels, pedestrian connections, longer trains and more buses. The catch: It’s said to cost $26 billion over 30 years, and there’s no obvious way to pay for it.

In other news:

At school closings hearing, D.C. Council pushes DCPS to better compete for its survival (PostExaminer)

Meanwhile, Empower D.C. announces its plans to sue (WJLA-TVWRC-TV)

D.C. General family homeless shelter was at capacity Tuesday night; two families were housed in hotels (Post)

During 2010 mayoral campaign, Fenty administration sent rec-center construction funds to political allies (Loose Lips)

Darrell Issa still doesn’t like the budget autonomy referendum. But: “Having said that, I’m not going to let what people do for voter populist reasons get in the way of what I think we should do.” (D.C. Wire)

Civil libertarians push back on judge’s order banning abortion protester from D.C. (Post)

Eight of 20 at-large D.C. Council candidates end up turning in ballot petitions (D.C. WireWTOPDCist)

Everything you need to know about the Jim Graham/CYITC controversy (Post)

The Wal-Mart living wage bill is back — this time with lots of co-sponsors (Examiner)

Gallaudet University looks to rejoin its neighborhood (Housing Complex)

Murder charges dropped in 2011 Ivy City killing (Homicide Watch)

Businesses’ single-occupancy bathrooms must have gender-neutral signage — or else (WBJ)

Georgia House rep would like to allow active-duty military to carry guns in D.C. (WTOPDCist)

Eleanor Holmes Norton reintroduces more voting rights bills (APDCist)

National Cathedral dean takes an unexpected turn in the limelight (Post)

Patrick Mara knows more Capitol Hill Republicans than you do (Housing Complex)

Phil Mendelson says he, too, would like to do something about truancy (WaTimes)

Inauguration success proves bar hours should be extended year-round (Blade)

Former D.C. jail doctor pleads guilty to sexually assaulting inmate (Crime SceneExaminerAPWUSA-TV)

Behold the list of developers, builders, brokers and law firms who might be interested in the FBI Building (WBJ)

Human rights commission rules on 15-year-old housing discrimination complaint (Blade)

D.C. Council members do love to chat (Informer)

Will 2013 be Anacostia’s big year of renewal? (GGW)

Crowdfunding D.C. real-estate projects apparently works (Housing Complex)

Still no bids on West Heating Plant (G’town Metropolitan)

Sherman Avenue could get some non-gas-station amenities (PoPville)

Who will replace Michael Kaiser at Ken Cen? (AP)

Workforce development programs should be about outcomes, not outputs (DCFPI)

There was very nearly a traffic circle at 16th and U (Ghosts of DC)

Latest Destination D.C. ad campaign is rather risque (City Desk)

There’s a Cool “Disco” Dan documentary coming; watch the trailer (GOGBlog)

Hawks be hawkin’ (DCist)