Breakfast links: Transparency and residency in question
It's Car-Free Day: Record numbers of people have taken the pledge to go car-free today. (WAMU) ... Also, Capital Bikeshare is having a 1st birthday party tonight.
Agency communications turn gray: DC public safety officials will now encrypt police radios and censor the popular Fire & EMS Twitter feed. Journalists sparred with Mayor Gray over whether this breaks transparency promises. (Post)
Another pick disqualified: The mayor's nominee to head the Board of Elections and Ethics doesn't meet a residency requirement to have lived in DC for 3 years. (Washington Times)
Diplomats flout parking laws: Foreign embassies owe DC $500,000 in unpaid parking tickets. Russia owes $27,200 in unpaid fines, while the UK owes just $20. The city confirmed that it does occasionally boot and tow diplomats' cars. (WTOP)
Bad bypass doubles in price: A bypass that Albemarle County doesn't need and Charlottesville doesn't want has doubled in cost estimates. Some accuse VDOT of misleading leaders to sell the now-$436 million project. (Charlottesville Tomorrow)
Solar Decathlon houses set up: Teams set up their houses in East Potomac Park for the Solar Decathlon, showcasing the latest green technology and techniques. Lydia DePillis got pictures. (City Paper)
Big bike sharing coming to Chicago: Gabe Klein is replacing a very small bike sharing program with a much larger one. First that was in DC; now it's in Chicago, with a goal of 3,000 bikes on 300 stations. (Chicago Tribune)
Wi-Fi coming to Amtrak Regional?: An Amtrak conductor told Aaron Morrissey that Amtrak will soon have Wi-Fi on all Regional trains. The conductor says it's all installed and just has to be turned on.
And...: The grace period for new Prince George's traffic cameras is over. (Examiner) ... WMATA can now monitor 24 escalators remotely. (Examiner) ... A psychiatrist will use CaBi to study how physical exercise influences patients' health. (Post) ... In another Washington, Georgetown is like H Street. (City Paper)Have an encrypted tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- Is sidewalk cycling really dangerous, or just scary, like a roller coaster?
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- A bike-ped trail is in the works for New York Ave NE