Breakfast links: Metro money
More revenue ideas: The WMATA board added other revenue options to the menu for public hearings, including a paper farecard surcharge of $1, a 2-zone system for paper farecards, a 5¢ surcharge for 6 stations, and changing MetroAccess fares. (Post)
Two Metro employees accused of stealing: A Metro Transit Police officer and a revenue technician are accused of stealing thousands of dollars in coins from WMATA while collecting money from fare machines. In response, GM Richard Sarles says he will implement tighter controls on the revenue collection system. (Post)
CCT likely to be BRT: The Corridor Cities Transitway will likely be bus rapid transit and not light rail, as a majority of councilmembers now support BRT. (Examiner)
Shields up: WMATA may install shields on 100 buses to test how well they protect bus drivers. This was tried in 2008, but 70% of the drivers didn't like the shields. (Post)
Historic track preservation: Contractors are running into difficulty with historic streetcar tracks in Georgetown. Many are deteriorated and need to be replaced, but historically accurate replacements are hard to find. (Patch)
Maryland smart growth tools not enough: A UMD study finds existing smart growth tools are not enough when battling community opposition and regulation, making it easier to develop outside of areas designated for smart growth. (CityBizList)
Tenleytown Safeway still gets opposition: Safeway designed a new mixed-use plan for its Tenleytown store after many objected to an original big box design, but some residents now aren't happy with the density. (DCmud)
What crazy drivers do: A drunk driver drove into the Muni subway tunnels in San Francisco and traveled half a mile before getting stuck. (SF Chronicle) ... Anne Arundel police used DNA evidence to catch a hit and run driver who injured a cyclist. (Post)
The smaller American home: This year's "New American Home," a show house built to show trends in housing, is one of the smallest ever, demonstrating that many Americans are choosing walkability over space. (WSJ)
And...: Arlington works toward building bike culture. (Patch) ... Yvette Alexander indefinitely postpones a hearing to let the Verizon Center add digital animated signs. (Post) ... Phil Mendelson opts to not go for a fully loaded SUV. (DCist)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Metro proposes ending late-night service PERMANENTLY. That's a terrible idea.
- This may be DC's most ridiculous missing crosswalk
- Trump claims to want to save our cities, but his and his party's policies would do the opposite
- Is a gondola across the Potomac realistic? We're about to find out.
- Think you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 88
- Is Tim Kaine a good pick for urbanism? Here's what our writers think.
- Not everyone agrees on where DC's Chinatown is