Breakfast links: Metro askew
Which Metro stations are crime hot spots?: WMATA's list of the most dangerous Metro stations places Brookland at the top. The Security Report measures safety based on incidents reported. 59% of crime involved cell phone or bike theft. (Post, WMATA)
MetroRail divided: WMATA reports that only 11% of MetroRail riders earn less that $30,000 in household income, but minority riders are concentrated on the east side, much like the divide across the region. (PlanItMetro)
Water taxis could be viable: A consultant's study finds that demand would be high enough to sustain daily commuter taxi service across the Potomac, Anacostia, and Occoquan Rivers. It is unsure how a water taxi system could work, but most agree it is years away. (Post)
Pentagon stymies Arlington's walkability: Surface parking and security concerns of the Pentagon hinder Arlington from moving forward with walkability. The Pentagon is hesitant to welcome Capital Bikeshare, but its master plan update could incorporate a transit-oriented, walkable approach. (Streetsblog)
Will CaBi be profitable?: With bikeshare in cities like Montreal and London struggling to make money, Capital Bikeshare stands to be a model of profitability. While not yet profitable, reports indicate CaBi is exceeding revenue expectations, even though part of its success is owed to federal funding. (1776)
Shutdown paralyzes DC spending: Mayor Gray crashed a news conference to plead for Congress to allow DC to spend its own money. DC is operating on a contingency reserve fund, which will be exhausted in 7-10 days if the shutdown continues. (Post, WBJ)
Poor walkability affects health, not home: Americans say lack of sidewalks and drivers who speed, text, or talk are major reasons for not walking the recommended 150 minutes each week. Contrary to reports from the National Association of Realtors, walkability is not a major criterion for choosing where to live. (Streetsblog)
Silver Spring considers parking innovations: Silver Spring wants to make parking easier by replacing standard parking meters with new parking technology that could show where and how much parking is available. (Gazette)
Office building will replace Third Church of Christ: Demolition is imminent for the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, but will the proposed office building be an improvement for the neighborhood? (City Paper)
And...: A man fell 15 feet through a steel grate in Ballston. (ArlNow) ... A South Carolina man mowed the lawn near the Lincoln Memorial while National Park Service workers are furloughed. (Post) ... Numerous local schools celebrate International Walk to School Day. (ArlNow, Gazette, BethesdaNow)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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