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Breakfast links: A China-made railcar ban could cost Metro tens of millions

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A new bill would bar Metro from buying China-made railcars

Legislation in Congress that would partially fund Metro for 10 years would bar the transit system from purchasing new 8000-series railcars made in China. If Metro is unable to buy from its Chinese supplier, costs could increase by tens of millions of dollars.  (Robert McCartney / Post)

DC’s Housing Authority says it needs $2.2 billion over 17 years for repairs

Thanks to years of neglect and a lack of maintenance, the DC Housing Authority says it might need up to to $2.2 billion over 17 years for housing repairs. At the same time, some DC councilmembers have grown more critical of the agency, saying it is not responsive and threatening to revoke its independent status.  (Jenny Gathright / WAMU)

Some DC councilmembers are skeptical of making the Circulator permanently free

DDOT says permanently waiving the $1 fare for the DC Circulator would reduce congestion, but it needs more data about ridership to convince the DC Council. Some councilmembers would rather use the funds set aside to keep fares free for maintenance and repair.  (Max Smith / WTOP)

Before Amazon’s arrival, lots of Class A apartments are still available

Amazon's pending arrival has yet to cause demand to spike for Class A apartments in northern Virginia, which have actually seen vacancy rates tick up.  (Nena Perry-Brown / UrbanTurf)

Capital Bikeshare removes e-bikes from its fleet over braking issues

On Sunday, Capital Bikeshare announced that it will pull all 200 of its electric bikes after a number of complaints indicated that the brakes on the front wheels were much stronger than expected.  (Ian Shapira / Post)

The DC tennis team’s courts will be on top of Union Market

The Washington Kastles, DC's professional tennis team, will play at a 700-seat venue on the roof of Union Market.  The courts and seating are a temporary arrangement, but the developer behind Union Market is proposing a permanent entertainment venue for the roof.  (Natalie Delgadillo / DCist)

DC parents face difficult decisions when it comes to neighborhood high schools

Washington's neighborhood high schools would benefit from having a more diverse student body. Many parents recognize this, but the equation becomes more challenging when one's own child is involved.  (Perry Stein / Post)

Georgetown students vote approve a reparations fund in non-binding referendum

Georgetown University voted in favor of creating of creating a reparations fund for the descendents of enslaved people the university sold nearly two centuries ago. It would be paid for with a $27.20 student fee each semester. The vote came as part of a non-binding referendum, however, and univeristy officials have yet to indicate how they will proceed.  (Rachel Sadon / DCist)

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