Breakfast links: Get on the train
Silver test: The Silver Line completed its first test run which revealed some glitches, particularly in the automatic train control system. WMATA has still not released a firm opening date. (Post)
DC is 4th best for transit: According to WalkScore, DC ranks 4th nationwide for public transportation access, behind New York, SF, and Boston. (DCist)
Build the bridge: There is now no pedestrian or bike crossing across the Susquehanna River in Maryland, but a new Amtrak bridge could change that. There's a petition pushing for bike and pedestrian facilities on the bridge.(TheWashCycle)
Recharged train stations: While there are big plans locally for Union Station, other cities have made their train stations more inviting by converting parking to outdoor seating in Philadelphia and reopening a downtown station in St. Paul. (Elevation DC)
Anacostia Riverwalk under construction: A 4-mile segment along the Anacostia River will soon feature improvements such as bridges and a wooden boardwalk for biking and walking along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. (Elevation DC)
Are driving apps dangerous?: Mobile apps like Waze encourage drivers to interact during their commutes, like by reporting crashes and traffic. But most drivers won't pull over, meaning the apps could cause more crashes. (Governing)
DC homeless sent to Maryland hotels: DC homeless families are being housed in Maryland motels, due to a lack of spaces in DC shelters and hotels. (Post)
Grosso for Nadeau: Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) endorsed Brianne Nadeau, one of two candidates (along with Bryan Weaver) running to unseat sitting Ward 1 councilmember Jim Graham. (City Paper)
Light rail cuts driving: People who live near Los Angeles' Expo Line light rail drove 40% less (and rode transit 3 times more) after the line opened versus before. (USC Price)
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