The Morning News: Obama in DC

Two big speeches in DC today. One by President Bush at 9pm tonight (street closures), and one by Senator Barack Obama at 11am this morning (doors at 10:30) Sadly, our tickets for the State of the Union never showed, but I did get an invite to see Senator Obama speak.

Virginia Scrambles to Save Dulles Rail

After what amounted to a bitch slap from the Federal Goverment, Tim Kaine and his Transportation crew are working overtime to attempt to prove the worth of the Dulles Rail Extension. I’m not exactly sure what kind of worth study one needs to propose to prove that an airport terminus on the Metro is worth while, but I bet the BART folks in San Francisco can tell you.

Four Days Til Maryland Smoking Ban Takes Effect

While Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and others have had a ban in effect for some time, the rest of Maryland follows suit on Friday. So, if you’re headed up to Charm City, be sure to leave the smokes at home where they’ll only poison you and your close friends. Thanks.

Local Primaries Still in Play

The race for the nomination in both parties will likely still be contested after the Super Tuesday round of primaries in February 5th, making area primaries on the 12th of February more interesting. I like the idea of my vote counting for something…

3 Comments so far

  1. WFY (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 8:42 am

    The terminus is not at Dulles, but near Ashburn. The project would connect the nation’s 16th busiest airport and the 17th largest business District (Tysons) to the 2nd largest rapid transit system in the country.


  2. Joseph LeBlanc (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 10:26 am

    While I’m not opposed to the project, the justification they keep brining up is that they need it Metro to turn Tysons Corner into a "walkable downtown" for Northern Virgina. However, every sketch and plan I’ve seen just shows the same old Tysons with Metro stops kind of thrown in. If they want to turn Tysons into a downtown, they need to make some significant changes to the design of the area, regardless of whether Metro is in the mix. Take a look at the picture in this article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/16/AR2008011604242.html?wpisrc=rss_metro It’s a surface parking lot with the same Tysons in the background. If this is what they’re using to make their case, is it any wonder that the funding is in jeopardy?


  3. Joseph LeBlanc (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 10:28 am

    While I’m not opposed to the project, the justification they keep brining up is that they need it to turn Tysons Corner into a "walkable downtown" for Northern Virgina. However, every sketch and plan I’ve seen just shows the same old Tysons with Metro stops kind of thrown in. If they want to turn Tysons into a downtown, they need to make significant changes to the design of the area, regardless of whether Metro is in the mix. Take a look at the picture in this article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/16/AR2008011604242.html?wpisrc=rss_metro It’s a surface parking lot with the same Tysons in the background. If this is what they’re using to make their case, is it any wonder that the funding is in jeopardy?



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