Breakfast links: Going in and out of Metro
McDonnell appoints Dyke to WMATA Board: Governor McDonnell wants to appoint Jim Dyke, who chaired the Board of Trade and its WMATA governance task force last year, to the WMATA Board. Dyke would be paid far more than other Virginia members, and some officials dispute the legality of the move. (Post, Examiner)
Pusher not a Metrobus driver any more: The bus driver who pushed a (drunk or high) passenger off a Metrobus "no longer works for Metro." WMATA did not release any further detail. (Examiner)
Wells defends anti-harassment bill : Tommy Wells defends his support for WABA's bicycle anti-harassment bill to a skeptical Fox 5 anchor.
More push for ethics: Kwame Brown defended his ethics on several media appearances last week while he tried to talk about other subjects. (Huffington Post) ... Prince George's councilmembers introduce their own ethics bill. (Examiner)
Big brother MPD isn't watching you: An Urban Institute report finds DC's street camera surveillance is less effective than Baltimore and Chicago. Cameras are not always monitored live and concerns about misuse and privacy violations before their citywide installation in 2006 limited their effectiveness. (Washington Times)
65 years ago, parking was also a challenge: Parking in DC was hard even in 1946. Ideas for solving it included bridging the Potomac with parking or allocating all public open space to parking. (TBD)
Who said ANCs are always anti?: The Dupont Circle ANC unanimously supported the 17th and O apartment proposal. Some neighbors fear the building might draw students and traffic. (Borderstan)
And...: A plan for the McMillan Sand Filtration Site hits the street as some get a tour. (City Paper, Park View DC) ... Unemplyment rises in DC, MD, and VA (Post) ... Montgomery County celebrates its 235th birthday. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- Terrorism fear takes over security at the Library of Congress
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- 33% of Metro rail trips stay within one city or county. Where are they?
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope