Breakfast links: Signs of the times
Ugly signs protest development: A Brookland ANC commissioner has painted unsightly signs attached to her house to protest the Colonel Brooks' Tavern project. Since the signs are political, they require no permits. (Brookland Avenue)
Will Capitol surface parking ever go away?: Despite touting sustainability initiatives, the Architect of the Capitol is doing little about the acres of surface parking lots. An award-winning plan would bury the parking under parks and buildings, but that's on hold. (City Paper)
Route 1 to be more friendly: After years of promises and delays, Maryland SHA will allocate $8.8 million to make Route 1 in College Park more pedestrian and bike friendly. Also, a tree-studded median will replace the infamous center lane. (Patch)
Take MLK from MLK to MLK: Marion Barry would designate a bridge, a freeway and Independence Avenue as MLK Drive, connecting MLK Avenue SE with the new MLK Memorial. Kwame Brown called an emergency Council session today to vote. (Post)
The Ward 4 WMATA Board: All 3 of DC's current WMATA board members live in Ward 4. New member Tom Bulger takes Metro regularly, but not from home to work, since he lives in the Chevy Chase area without good transit access. (Examiner)
CaBi sets records on the 4th: The 4th of July set a CaBi ridership record, with 5,983 trips. 51% were "casual users" (apparently people with daily or weekly memberships), the first time they exceeded rides by annual and monthly members. (@bikeshare)
Amtrak privitization faces the 5th Amendment: The Congressional Research Service, Congress's research arm, thinks that a privatization plan for Amtrak's Northeast Corridor might be an unconstitutional taking of "private" property. (Streetsblog)
Bike bits: New transportation chair Mary Cheh attended the Bicycle Advisory Council meeting yesterday. (WashCycle) ... DDOT told Wells the M Street cycle track can move forward after community and BID meetings; L Street still "needs more work."
And...: Why do we need the Old Georgetown Board? (City Paper) ... FedEx Field will install 8,000 solar panels. (Post) ... Once, traffic signs and drivers' licenses were brand new ideas. (TBD) ... Phil Mendelson withdrew his bill to let the DC government act as a gun dealer. (Examiner)Have a tip or hideous sign for the links? Submit it here.
- What if Montgomery County gave BRT a temporary test run?
- Twenty-five gorgeous but non-famous US train stations
- The Northeast Corridor carries more rail passengers than anywhere else in the country. What could it look like in 2040?
- Montgomery will go ahead with BRT, but at what cost?
- Zig zag road stripes can get drivers to pay more attention
- WMATA's new general manager is listening before he even takes the reins
- The National Zoo has clarified its safety concerns. Turns out you're the problem.