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Breakfast links: Impending doom edition


From the Washington Post.
Bail out Metro instead? Tom Toles compares the federal response to the economic crisis with Metro's woes, though yesterday's bailout failure in Congress may make WMATA officials glad they're at least not WaMu. Richard Layman reminds us that Congress ordered DC's streetcar system destroyed in the '50s.

Metro breakdowns double NYC: Infosnack compared the length traveled by an average Metrorail car to New York Transit, and found that Metrorail breaks down twice as often as the least reliable NYC line.

Keep that convenient light rail away from our students: Norfolk State University has won a battle to get light rail to its campus... moved farther away from campus, reports Track Twenty-Nine. They're using the old, discredited arguments that transit brings crime, and in the process ensuring lower ridership and less convenience for their students.

Google Transit reaches NYC... where's ours? Google Transit has launched in New York. Sadly, DC is still nowhere to be found, but Google has added MTA Maryland bus stops to its maps. Arlington's Joe Chapline points out on CommuterPageBlog, Google Maps' (and all other map sites') view of any U.S. city, even when you click on that city from the Transit home page, still shows all the highways and none of the transit lines. What's the way most people perceive NYCthis or this?

David Alpert is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Greater Greater Washington and Greater Greater Education. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He loves the area which is, in many ways, greater than those others, and wants to see it become even greater. 

Comments

Better news from the Army, they said a giant F_ you to TOD development as they decided on the location of the 6000 jobs that are to be moved out of Crystal City. So instead of moving them to one of two locations that are metro and VRE accessible, they decided to move them to a new, yet to be build, office complex at the intersection of 395 and Seminary road; which is no where near the metro or any decent transit. The Army effectively took 6000 people out of Metro and put them on 395.

http://www.army.mil/-newsreleases/2008/09/29/12799-army-selects-virginia-location-for-brac-133-personnel/

by RJ on Sep 30, 2008 8:20 am • linkreport

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