Breakfast links: Oldest inhabitants
DC wants to keep its WWI memorial: The Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia wants a national World War I memorial, just in Pershing Park rather than on the District's existing World War I memorial. (WAMU)
Audit for Union Station management: Union Station management will undergo a federal audit if two members of Congress have their way. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton "doesn't know enough to say there's something wrong, but what's worse than that is not knowing anything." (Times)
Death in Rockville crash: Five drivers, including a Metrobus operator, were involved in a major accident on Rockville Pike. One person was killed and a dozen more injured. No cause is yet known. (WAMU)
Shady deal in Catoe's Metro: A Metro manager hired a friend for $140,000 in a noncompetitive manner and fired a whistleblower for complaining to then-GM John Catoe, according to a report by WMATA's Inspector General. (Times)
An avalanche of tickets: In fiscal year 2011, DC issued 1.6 million parking tickets - roughly six per minute - according to AAA. To AAA, this amounted to "no mercy", while DPW said such enforcement was necessary to ensure parking turnover. (Times)
Think of the tourists: Tourists have special transportation needs that aren't currently addressed by the region's disparate agencies and land jurisdictions, but they should be built into the regional transportation plans. (RPUS)
Madrid swaps highway for park: A corridor that once was a major highway is now a six-mile long park through the heart of Madrid, reviving once-dead neighborhoods and returning a river to the open air. (New York Times)
Battle of the buses: MegaBus has petitioned the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to break up BoltBus, a joint project between Greyhound and Peter Pan bus lines, arguing the regulations that allowed the BoltBus partnership are out-of-date. (Bloomberg)
Core capacity for BART: BART, Metro's California cousin, is looking at its future and it may sound familiar to some of us - increased core capacity. But also like Metro, BART doesn't have the money to do it. (San Francisco Chronicle, Chris G)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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