Breakfast links: Getting going
Live social on late Metro: LivingSocial has put up money to keep Metro open late during any Nats playoff games. LivingSocial won't get advertising or even free tickets, though the Nats could break their stingy streak by giving them some. (DCist)
Metrobus gets more efficient: The fuel efficiency of Metrobus has risen by 27% over the past 8 year, to 3.76 mpg. Since 2006, WMATA has been replacing older buses with diesel-electric hybrids, which get 4.49 mpg. (PlanItMetro)
Metro wants help planning for the future: Metro is asking for input on its strategic priorities, how to expand the system, and more, with a new crowdsourcing site that lets you post and vote on ideas. What do you think of the new tool?
DC gets whiter and moves downtown: Most of the neighborhoods between Rock Creek and the Anacostia River grew much whiter over the last census period. DC was also had the 5th-most growth within 2 miles of a city hall. (City Paper)
DC fails elderly, disabled?: A new Inspector General's report claims DC is failing to care for its elderly and disabled population. The report asserts that Adult Protective Services rarely coordinates with police, even in instances of clear abuse. (Post)
Pepco gets rate increase: DC utility regulators approved a rate increase for Pepco; customers will pay $2.60 per month more starting in mid-October. Pepco requested more, but Mary Cheh criticized the deal as too favorable to Pepco. (DCist)
Louisville plans to build more urban highways: While many cities across the country are removing their urban highways, Louisville is bucking the trend with a $2.6 billion plan to widen highways and add a bridge between downtown and Indiana. (Streetsblog)
And...: A "Zipcar for scooters" begins operation in San Francisco. (Urban Turf) ... Marion Barry is writing an autobiography. (DCist) ... Did Britain's 1993 train privatization fail? (Atlantic Cities) ... A new bike lock comes with a GPS to track theft. (Atlantic Cities)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- The National Zoo has clarified its safety concerns. Turns out you're the problem.
- WMATA's new general manager is listening before he even takes the reins