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Subject Under the influence | Into the rural zone | The cost of 5 mph
Date January 7, 2023 2:10 PM
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In this round-up of our first posts of 2023, Stephen Repetski broke a story about a Metrorail operator's arrest for operating a train while intoxicated. We ventured into Montgomery County's "Rural Zone" to understand how it came about and how it fits into broader land use goals. And we learned about a costly "speed bump" in the effort to drop Richmond's speed limit to 20 mph.


Metrorail operator arrested on suspicion of operating train while intoxicated
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by Stephen Repetski (Editorial Board Alum) • January 4, 2023

A Metrorail operator was arrested on suspicion of operating a train while intoxicated on December 23, after failing to stop at the Van Dorn Street Metro station. The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission is investigating the incident.
Farm fresh: A firsthand account of how Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve works
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by Addison Del Mastro (Contributor) • January 3, 2023

What is the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve? How does it preserve viable farmland and rural resources and channel dense growth to other areas of the county?
Why should it cost $2.5 million to lower the speed limit 5 mph in Richmond?
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by Wyatt Gordon (Contributor) • January 5, 2023

When a bill to lower speed limits to 20 mph across the city of Richmond, Va. passed in 2022, officials stated the new limit would have to be posted on every block, with a price tag the city couldn’t afford. For now, Richmonders are stuck with higher speeds.

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