Breakfast links: The fix is coming
WMATA replacing 4000 series cars: WMATA exercised an option to buy more 7000 series railcars from Kawasaki, which is currently building cars for the Silver Line and to replace the 1000 series. The new order, which will take 6-8 years, will replace the failure-prone 4000 series cars. (Post)
Transit center will get repairs: Foulger-Pratt and its subcontractors will fix the Silver Spring transit center without any more taxpayer money. Repairs will not start until late summer, at best. (Post)
Will Arlington steal the food trucks?: Arlington is easing regulations for food trucks to help more operate there. Coupled with more restrictive proposed DC rules, some operators say they will just move across the river. (Patch)
Police fight crosswalk scofflaws: Fort Lee, NJ tried ticketing drivers who don't yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, but a lot of drivers just got angry. Will this change driver behavior over time, or not? (Atlantic Cities)
DC is the most "post-industrial": The Washington area has the highest ratio of services to goods, coming in at almost 3 times the national average. Other top finishers are New York, Miami, Tampa, and Boston. (Atlantic Cities)
Growth causes angst: A resident emails Michael Neibauer to complain about houses becoming condos or apartments and wants DC to suspend building permits, primarily because it's becoming harder to park. (WBJ)
And...: A cyclist was hit near the MLK memorial. (WashCycle) ... Bowie's railroad museum teaches homeschooled children about trains. (Gazette) ... New, pretty renderings are released of the proposed park for McMillan. (UrbanTurf)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks
- A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes
- No, DC is not abandoning plans for most streetcar lines
- The 11th Street Bridge Park gets a brilliant design. Will it succeed?
- What would you call Loudoun's Metro stations?
- David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more
- After more crashes, DDOT pledges to remove Arkansas Avenue's rush hour lane
Sat Oct 25
10:00 am Le Tour d’Alexandria Library
3:00 pm CSG tour: College Park
Mon Oct 27
5:30 pm Georgetown MUP speaker series
Tue Oct 28