Breakfast links: Metro works
Metro cars look good: Metro's 5000-series cars look just fine according to inspectors. Metro is still investigating why a piece fell off of a 5000-series car last week. (Examiner, Post)
Metro projects improve station access: Metro has come up with its pedestrian and bike projects for the next five years. The total cost is $25 million, but right now Metro only has $7 million in funding. (PlanItMetro)
MARC cuts delayed: MARC will delay service cuts to allow for public comment. This follows outcry from riders groups, which said they had no chance to give input. The cuts have been presented as scheduling changes but would mean reduced service along the Brunswick Line. (Examiner)
MD Ave. plan improves land use, transit: Maryland Avenue SW is currently dominated by office buildings, but a new plan would create a more mixed use corridor with a multimodal transit hub at L'Enfant Plaza. (SWTLQTC)
Streetcar storage gets more expensive: DC agreed to pay Metro $427,000 more to store its mothballed streetcar fleet as a result of delays, bringing the total storage costs to $7.62 million. (Examiner)
Shady realtors of history: In Capitol Hill, restorations were paired with segregation in the 1940s. Real estate agents used scare tactics to push out black families, allowing agents to restore homes, and used different tactics to push out white families, allowing them to make shady home loans. (Sociology in My Neighborhood)
Union Square goes to AOC: The area just west of the Capitol will transfer from NPS to the Architect of the Capitol. Proponents cite security, while critics fear free speech will become more restricted. (Post, Eric Fidler)
Work around the alcohol: Corner stores and delis are trying to work around DC's Class B alcohol license moratorium by applying for a Class A license but voluntarily restricting their activities to Class B. (Park View DC)
And...: US Treasury gets LEED-Gold certification ... Ten sites added to Virginia's Historic Landmarks list, including Dominion Hills ... Virginia officers have been ticketing drivers without proof of insurance, even though there is no law requiring it (Virginia Lawyers Weekly) ... A swimmable Inner Harbor by 2020?Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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