Breakfast links: Cracks in the surface
Adaptive reuse for potholes: Frustrated by Montreal's inability to fix potholes, two Montreal artists came up with their own comic ideas for using the spaces. (Jaime via @seeclickfix)
Irate riders and serious policy ideas: Lena Sun recaps last night's Metro town hall, including my comments about a "peak of the peak" fare. The next one is now on the GGW calendar, Wednesday evening in Falls Church. (Post)
VRE sets a record: VRE ridership is up, and the railroad set a new ridership record last Wednesday. There wasn't a special event that day. Officials aren't sure why, but suspect the new, higher federal transit benefit played a big role. (WTOP)
The unappealing plan vs. the impractical one: The Virginia gubernatorial campaign has largely focused on transportation, but it's been a minefield, with Deeds getting political flak for suggesting he might raise taxes and McDonnell not really having a plan at all. Ryan Avent says congestion pricing is the only way, but we're still far from being ready politically to embrace such ideaas. (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
Neighbors jab at Boxer Girl: Bloomingdalians debated the Boxer Girl mural last night. Should neighbors get to veto controversial art? Is it different if the art is on private property? (Bloomingdale (for now?))
Win a Nobel, get free parking (not free transit): Nobel Prize winners at UC Berkeley get a free reserved parking space, including new economics prize winner Oliver Williamson. The space is worth $1,500 a year. Has any winner, in economics or otherwise, ever tried to "cash out" their space by renting it to others, or asking the university to offer this perk in a BART pass or other alternative form? (NPR)
"Complying" with the ADA: Jackson, Mississippi is spending millions to build curb ramps to comply with ADA requirements. But many of them connect to nonexistent sidewalks, have deep trenches separating them ramps from the street, or are otherwise unusable. (Planetizen)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- In defense of "political theater" for Metro
- Should a "historic gas station" keep new housing units from going up in Dupont?
- A developer has agreed to build shorter and less dense than the law allows, but neighbors are still fighting it
- Where is Falls Church, exactly?
- Is new housing, most of it for low-income residents, worth giving up an acre of park space?
- 495 and 95 toll prices were very high on Tuesday. Here's why that happened.
- Think you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 96