- Gov. O'Malley has budgeted nearly $69 million in state transportation funds to cover engineering costs for the Purple Line from Bethesda to New Carrollton over the next two years. The money is going to come exclusively from drivers. "The funds, a part of the state's transportation trust fund, came from increases in certificate and title fees for vehicles, as well as higher fees for vanity tags and dealer processing charges." The Purple line project will transform the Georgetown Branch Trail (and future Capital Crescent Trail), paving it and adding safer crossings of major streets, but reducing the preserve-like feel of the current trail.
- Capital Bikeshare is close to putting out an Invitation for Bid on advertising for the system. Ads could go on stations, on bikes or on the name of the program. "When finalized, sign advertising will only apply to bikes and stations in the District of Columbia because, Moskowitz said, "Arlington right now doesn't have the ability to do that legally," noting restrictions on bikeshare funding in the Virginia county, which is also part of the system. The article also addresses the drop in ridership over the recent months, which noone really thinks is due to a lack of enthusiasm over the program.
- I'm going to assume that I'm just too ugly to show photos of.