Breakfast links: Track worked
A good weekend to bike: After the Cherry Blossom holiday, Metro track work is back with a vengeance this weekend, with all 5 lines affected. The Red Line will include a downtown shuttle between Farragut North and Gallery Place. (Post)
Saved from the tracks: A man fell off the platform at Pentagon City Metro. An Annandale woman and her father in his 70s immediately pulled him to safety. (Post)
No one wants the middle seat: In a study of passenger behavior in the NYC subway system, the Transportation Research Board finds that riders like to stand near a door, prefer vertical poles to overhead bars and avoid middle seats. TRB's recommended layout replaces bench-style seats with "airline" seats at both ends of the car. (Wired)
Move Constitution Avenue?: The US Institute of Peace wants to move part of Constitution Avenue, or really the on-ramp to I-66 past its new building, because there's too much "noise and vibration." Still unclear is who would pay for this, where the new ramp would be, and why they didn't anticipate the noise before. (NBC4)
The rent really is damn high: Rents in the DC area rose more than anywhere else from 2009-2011. (Examiner) ... Windowless 2-level units in Adams Morgan are renting quickly. (City Paper) ... Bethesda could get 3,700 new units; it needs them. (BethesdaNow)
DC gov employees will get fatter paychecks: The Gray administration announced pay raises totaling 13% over the next 4 years for about 23,000 city employees, about two-thirds of the total workforce. Unions representing police, firefighters and teachers have not yet reached agreements with the city. (Post)
Cuccinelli won't repeal VA transpo funding: The presumptive Republican gubernatorial candidate, who opposed the recent $1.4 billion transportation package, says he won't attempt to repeal it if elected. (Post)
Ride Montgomery for Earth Day: The Sierra Club, Montgomery Bicycle Advocates, and Greater Greater Washington contributor Dan Reed are organizing a bike ride Saturday from Silver Spring to Takoma Park. (Patch)
Share with brotherly love: Philadelphia is considering launching bike sharing as soon as fall 2014. DC and Boston experts offer advice from experience: go big in the first phase, put stations in low-income neighborhoods, offer subsidized memberships. (Next City)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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