Breakfast links: Two wheels good, beautiful stations and rising costs bad
The Segway car: GM and Segway are collaborating on a two-wheeled vehicle, similar to the Segway but enclosed, holds two people, and riders sit rather than stand. (Patrick, Jaime) Is this useful? Ryan Avent wonders if, like the Segway itself, it's a solution in search of a problem (there's already a perfectly good, cheaper two-wheeled vehicle that's good for commuting), but that perhaps this would be ideal for commuting between a suburban home and the nearest train station.
Detroit razing old station: Detroit's City Council voted to raze their beautiful old train station, the Michigan Central Depot. In most cities, this would be a preserved treasure. There, it's not the owner who wants to tear it down, but city leaders. (BeyondDC)
Complete the street: An interactive graphic shows how one New York City street could transform into a complete street, working better for pedestrians, bicycles and buses as well as cars with just a few changes. (GOOD, Jaime)
Metroaccess prices spiral: MetroAccess, the paratransit service for disabled riders, will run out of money this year if the Metro Board doesn't approve an additional $6.5M in funding. Ridership is growing and Metro's peer review team has recommended that service be limited to those living near a Metrorail station or Metrobus line. (Michael P)
They can't rent a self-storage locker or something?: Erik Wemple wonders why DC has to pay $860,000 to store their streetcars. (City Paper, JTS) My understanding is that we're not only storing them, but having them maintained and regularly "exercised" to keep them from deteriorating.
PG united against United: The Prince George's Council officially opposed selling bonds for a United stadium. United officials say they'll look elsewhere. (Gazette) Next, PW United? Or will they come back to DC with a proposal the Council will accept?Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
I'm with Greater Greater Parents for Passover today, so posting will be light.
- 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