Breakfast links: Is it ethical?
Scandal of the week: Tampa trip: Mayor Gray and 2 councilmembers quietly flew to Tampa to view the Buccaneers' training facility, likely a model for something similar for DC. All 3 say the public did not pay for the trip. (City Paper)
Catania making $240K from electric contractor: David Catania is now earning twice as much as an electrical contractor executive than he gets from taxpayers. He did recuse himself from votes on electrical licensing. He defends the practice of making outside income, saying it expands the pool of people who can run for office. (Post)
Is Metro friendly for kids?: Metro has many kid-friendly features, including elevators and free rides for small children. But some policies are tough for school groups, and many riders don't defer to kids for elevator space. (Post)
Beware confusing SmarTrip balance readouts: SmarTrip changes are confusing some commuters because when you load your SmartBenefits, the faregate only show the balance on 1 of the 3 "purses." You can see all 3 balances online. (Post)
Contractor, MWAA dispute Silver Line delays: MWAA accuses the construction consortium building phase 1 of the Silver Line of hiding construction delays so it can win the contract for phase 2. (Examiner)
Megabus in, tour buses out: Megabus will start using the Union Station bus garage, displacing tour buses which will have to travel to more distant satellite lots and pay more for parking. Or will they just idle in public space? (City Paper)
Residents disagree on Adams Morgan's future: Should Adams Morgan be a neighborhood retail district or a regional nightlife destination? This fundamental disagreement drives many of the neighborhood's acrimonious debates. (City Paper)
DC urges WMATA to hire more residents: Mayor Gray is dissatisfied that only 14% of WMATA employees are DC residents. DOES, the District's employment agency, is now connecting WMATA with pre-screened job candidates. (Washington Times)
Light rail to Charles Co?: Officials in PG and Charles counties are pushing for a light rail line from the Branch Avenue Metro to Charles County. However, competing with the Purple Line and Baltimore's Red Line for state money will be difficult. (Examiner)
And... : The 30-year-old New Urbanism showpiece, Seaside, Florida, shapes many communities today. (The Straight Line) ... Cars are now less likely to get booted in DC. (WTOP) ... New York debates implementing residential parking permits, despite objections from the city DOT. (Streetsblog) ... The feds try to avoid gridlock from sending people home in a snowstorm. (Post)Have a tip or Floridan conclave for the links? Submit it here.
- Landover is not the place for the FBI
- Not just a phase: Young Americans won’t start motoring like their parents
- After more crashes, DDOT pledges to remove Arkansas Avenue's rush hour lane
- Sharrows tell drivers to share the road with cyclists, except when that road is a state highway
- Is Sheridan Station a sign of change east of the river, or more of the same?
- Many Silver Line riders make a long trek from Metro's eastern branches
- Where DC area bike fatalities happen, in one map... and what's the real "intersection of doom"
Wed Oct 22
12:00 pm Live chat with David Catania
12:00 pm Contributory negligence forum ($)
Fri Oct 24
9:00 am Urban agriculture symposium
Sat Oct 25
3:00 pm CSG tour: College Park
Tue Oct 28