Breakfast links: Orange you glad?
Orange wins: Vincent Orange won an at-large seat in yesterday's election, beating Patrick Mara by 2 percentage points mostly on the back of strong results in wards 5, 7, and 8. Bryan Weaver won in Ward 1. Orange has to run again in the primary less than a year away. (DCist)
Investigation of Gray admin hits snag: Mayor Gray's early missteps are back under the microscope in a Council investigation. Problem is, the council can't find Sulaimon Brown or another witness and the Brooks family is pleading the 5th. (City Paper)
Good signs and bad for MARC: MARC on-time performance is pretty high so far this year, though the summer always brings the biggest challenges. ... In the face of rising complaints, MTA issued a warning to MARC riders not to abuse the privilege of drinking on MARC trains. (Getting There)
MoCo will fight immigration rules: County Executive Ike Leggett says Montgomery will fight the federal illegal immigration program which would require all detainees to be fingerprinted and checked in an immigration database, whether or not they are charged with a violent crime. ( Examiner)
How is Metro today?: A web tool shows real-time Metrorail train positions and judges whether the lines are messed up or not. It has two versions which differ only in their language: How's Metro versus How F***ed is Metro. (Michael Perkins)
MoCo picks new schools chief: Montgomery County officials named Joshua P. Starr as the new superintendent of the County's school system. Starr comes to Montgomery with experience in getting full budget requests approved despite lean times. (WAMU)
London bikeshare outgrowing itself: Capital Bikeshare isn't the only bikeshare system experience growing pains and capacity constraints. One writer has had success on only 2 of his last 10 trips on London's Boris Bike. (Economist)
AASHTO backpedals on bike-ped objections: In light of significant opposition from advocates and it's own members, AASHTO withdrew its objection to FHWA guidance that requires transportation agencies to show a considerable burden in order to be allowed not to include bike/ped infrastructure. (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
And...: MPD leaders are contradicting each other about what their escort policy does and doesn't allow. (Examiner) ... A recent transplant to DC is writing a song for each Metro station, attempting to capture the mood of the stations and their immediate surroundings. (Post) ... Two artists are turning potholes into small works of art. (Design Milk, Veronica D.)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- I can take the bus from my neighborhood to just about anywhere in DC
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope
- Sidewalk snow shoveling hall of shame: "DC government is the worst offender" (and Arlington too)