Breakfast links: Boxed in
Show us the money: Dr. Gridlock effectively sums up the transportation funding problem: "Our transportation funding formula is in perfect balance: We are determined to win relief from congestion, and equally determined not to pay for it." (Post)
Must be really big Apple fans: Douglas Development is building some new apartments in DC without windows with only a skylight providing natural light. The units will be in an old skating rink making exterior windows impossible. (DCist)
Should Metro play more small ball?: There's a lot of focus on some big problems at Metro, but could there be some small things Metro can do, like better lighting or a shorter NextBus phone number, that would help the system? (Post)
Bike to Pittsburgh: A final segment of the Great Allegheny Passage between DC and Pittsburgh is set to be completed in May. When complete, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to make the entire 330-mile trip without interruption or detours. (DCist, Gavin)
Ray LaHood retrospective: Ray LaHood looks back on his last four years as DOT Secretary. He also thinks the next secretary needs to have a vision to put people to work. Meanwhile, bike advocates want the next secretary to be like LaHood. (Streetsblog)
Less parking equals livelier city: A UPenn study finds that cities with more parking are also less vibrant and vice versa. This rebuts common arguments that more parking is what downtowns need to thrive. (Atlantic Cities)
All doors opening: Seven months after implementing all-door boarding at San Francisco's Muni, dwell times at bus stops have been reduced and fare evasion has declined. (Streetsblog, H St LL)
Another GGWer gets attention: TranspoCamp South, held at Georgia Tech this weekend, included a packed session led by our own Matt Johnson on the history of MARTA. Good job, Matt! (Creative Loafing)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- 9 things people always say at zoning hearings, illustrated by cats
- Bad Metro reliability is driving riders away. WMATA has a few ideas to get them back.
- Montgomery will go ahead with BRT, but at what cost?
- The Northeast Corridor carries more rail passengers than anywhere else in the country. What could it look like in 2040?
- New York's subway has a great idea for Metro
- 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