Breakfast links: Transit fixes
Metro operators jam the system: Some Metro train operators were turning off emergency intercoms to stop "nuisance" noise from interference by new digital radios. WMATA acknowledged it's known about this since 2009. (Post)
Transit Center repairs start soon: After a two year delay thanks to faulty concrete, the Silver Spring Transit Center, County Executive Leggett has announced that repairs should begin in the next few days. (Gazette)
ICC bus routes saved: After the Maryland MTA considered cutting 3 ICC commuter bus routes riders objected and the MTA will now keep 2 of the 3 routes. (WTOP)
Barry gets a fine: The DC Board of Ethics and Government Accountability censured and fined Marion Barry $13,600 for taking gifts from city contractors. This is the first fine that the new ethics board has given out. (Post)
Will the mayoral race go Wells?: Will Tommy Wells' messages on ethics and liveability appeal enough to voters to help him win the race for mayor? And can he stop talking about trees long enough to get his message out? (City Paper)
The best decongestant: Bob McCartney says it really is possible to reduce congestion through a combination of roads, transit, and better land use. But Richard Layman says the analysis still focuses too much on roads and the best path to reduce congestion is through better transit. (Post, RPUS)
And...: DC's economy is doing well, despite lower federal employment. (City Paper) ... Sidewalk cafe seating in Columbia Heights grows contentious. (New Columbia Heights) ... Pentagon City may get a 22-story apartment building with a Whole Foods. (ARLNow)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- It's fine to not build parking at Tysons Metro stations
- Metro maps out loop line between DC and Arlington
- Alexandria board rejects King Street bike lanes
- Arlington considers using fees to reduce parking
- Sexist Metro ad asks "Can't we just talk about shoes?"
- Ask Congress to give DC self-rule on building heights
- Downtown & Georgia Avenue Walmarts open for business