Leave it to The WashCycle to put things into perspective. While I was not happy to hear that the Washington area didn't win any of the TIGER II money that would have gone toward expanding Capital Bikeshare and developing the streetcar system, WashCycle perked me up (a little):
The good news is that the region's leaders considered this important enough to propose for the grant. They did a study showing that it would be incredibly cost-effective, something that advocates can point out when they ask for local governments to fund an expansion. Other good news is that DDOT is committed to finding a way to expand the system in DC.
Let's hope these leaders continue to pursue alternate sources of funding for these transportation projects.
Which reminds me: if you haven't done so already, please send a quick 'thank you' e-mail to Gabe Klein, Adrian Fenty, and Vincent Gray for adopting the District's new Complete Streets Policy.