Breakfast links: Changes at WMATA
Silver Line extension explained: The pocket track near Stadium-Armory can't fit NTSB-recommended switches to prevent derailments and is too short for 8-car trains to turn around quickly. Therefore, Metro will send Silver Line trains to Largo. (Post)
More Silver, less Blue: To make room for Silver Line trains, Metro will likely further reduce Blue Line trains to a headway of 12 minutes. To compensate, there will be more of the Yellow Line service first introduced in Rush Plus. (Post)
Ridership down: Metro ridership is failing to meet projections leading to $5 million in lost revenue so far. Metro is blaming the lower ridership on higher fares and the decreased federal transit benefit. (Examiner)
WMATA Board gets new rules: Local legislatures are changing the rules for WMATA's board of directors including term limits and requirements that board members ride the rail or bus. (Examiner)
Not so free air: DC has sold the air rights for the Center Leg Freeway for $120 million, clearing the way for a large office and residential development and reconnecting F and G Streets across the highway. (WBJ)
Taxis discriminate: Undercover reporters found taxis discriminating against black passengers. They had a black man try to go to a destination east of the river, the driver refused, but then picked up a white man going to the same place. (WUSA9)
It wasn't prices: The recently closed Anacostia Warehouse Supermarket wasn't any cheaper than the soon-to-close Yes! Organic Market. Can future East of the River grocery stores learn from this? (THE ART of WARd 8)
A Post columnist making sense on bicycles?: John Kelly tackles the contentious issue of drivers vs bicycles vs pedestrians. His conclusion? Everyone's a jerk on the road, and everyone needs to work on getting along. Also, who put a utility pole in the MacArthur Boulevard path? Nobody would put one in the road. (Post)
Big boxes not created equal: The District's new Costco shouldn't be confused with Walmart, particularly when it comes to labor relations. But unlike some of the DC's planned Walmarts, you need a car to get to it. (City Paper)
And...: The Post might erect a pay wall for its online content. (DCist) ... LEED certification will reward walkability and transit access next year. (DCmud) ... DC won't get a velodrome at Buzzard Point. (DCist) ... Montgomery Councilmember Phil Andrews wants to lower ICC tolls even though the road is meeting projections. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Montgomery County will build bus rapid transit in four years
- Orange, Silver, and Blue riders: Pain is coming in just a month. DOTs: Get moving on bus and HOV lanes now.
- Building of the Week: Smithsonian American Art Museum and Kogod Courtyard
- DC's homeless shelter plan just got a makeover
- FiveThirtyEight said Metro catches fire 4 times per week. Fortunately, that's wrong.
- DC has way more vacant properties than it thinks