Breakfast links: Ride and learn
Better understand the Silver Line: WMATA answers questions about the Silver Line and plans 3 open houses to educate riders. And wait, is that a draft of what the new map will look like with the Silver Line joining Orange and Blue in DC? (PlanItMetro)
Gripes on the Metro: Riders were frustrated with major delays on Blue and Yellow yesterday; Metro also screwed up Daylight Saving again and wrongly charged peak fares. (Post)
Transfer delays dissuade transit riders: Delays are the biggest reason people stop riding transit, says a UC Berkeley study, especially delays en route or while making a transfer. Bad real-time info or overcrowding also topped the list. (Streetsblog)
Drive-by wounds 13 in NoMA: As a group of cyclists ride to DC from Newtown, Connecticut to ask for action on guns, 13 people were wounded in a drive-by shooting in NoMA. The BID president says not to fear the neighborhood in general. (DCist, WBJ)
KIPP wants to build at Randall: KIPP wants to build a new school at the Randall Recreation Center in Southwest. They would pay to renovate the center's pool, fields and building, but the school would then get priority to use the center. The developer of nearby condos also opposes a KIPP school nearby. (Post)
Too many schools?: Are we building too many schools? Richard Layman calls the rush to build schools even though enrollment is relatively flat "the market run amok."
Washington isn't richest: Our area has 8 of the 10 counties with the highest median income, but that doesn't mean Washington is the "richest area." We have a better-off middle class and fewer millionaires than the New York or San Francisco areas and similar average income. (TNR) ... Rob Pitingolo and I made a similar point last year.
And...: A bicyclist was killed in downtown Silver Spring, apparently while doing several dangerous things. (WashCycle) ... Bike shopes outnumbered car shops 7 to 1 in 1903. (WashCycle) ... How about digital libraries on buses and trains? (Atlantic Cities)
And and...: Shady Grove will get a multi-purpose arena to hold high school graduations and much more. (Gazette) ... A "super stop" opens along Columbia Pike. (ARLnow) ... Rockville's mayoral and council races (this November) are getting in gear. (Gazette)Your name here: You might have noticed that Thaddeus Bell has stepped down from doing the links. Interested in curating interesting news for your fellow readers a couple days a week? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Out: "cycletrack." In: "protected bikeway."
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