Breakfast links: Getting there
Metro raises SmarTrip minimum: Metro's SmarTrip cards now require a minimum balance of $1.20 to enter. Previously, riders could ride with any credit on their card. Metro is also adding SmarTrip vending machines to all stations by November. (DCist)
Passenger trains come back to Norfolk: Train service will return to Norfolk for the first time in 35 years. Trains will begin daily coverage of the 5-hour trips from DC this December. (Post, Gavin)
Gray and employment: Unemployment in DC has fallen during Mayor Gray's administration, and his "One City, One Hire" program may bear some responsibility. Yet, the disparities between better- and worse-off wards remain stark. (Post)
Flooding problems: In the wake of flooding in LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale on Sunday night, Kenyan McDuffie called for the DC government to establish a relief fund to help these neighborhoods with frequent flooding problems. (Post)
Reflecting Pool reopens: The Reflecting Pool on the National Mall opened to the public after two years and $34 million of renovations. The pool will now be supplied by water filtered in from the Tidal Basin, instead of tap water. (WAMU)
Bypasses go out of favor: One state DOT decides widening is not always the answer and wants to find alternatives to bypass after bypass. A graphic in their report illustrates induced demand. What state is this? Would you guess Tennessee? (Streetsblog)
And...: Should DC include cafes in its new libraries? (DCist) ... Does a focus on new transportation technology distract from more practical maintenance? (Streetsblog) ... The Washington Times' founder is dead at 92. (DCist)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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