Breakfast links: More Catoe perspectives
Make the Board more visible and elected: Former Virginia Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer is disappointed Catoe stepped down, and advocates for having the WMATA Board chairmanship stop rotating and take on more of the public face of Metro as well as electing or otherwise "having a say" in the selection of Board members. (Post)
Clean house before resigning: Jack Corbett and Kevin Moore wish Catoe had delayed resigning long enough to really clean up the bureaucracy, especially in safety, and criticize the WMATA Board for not pushing harder for more jurisdictional funding. (Post)
A better rebate: Metro plans to improve its rebate program for rail riders who've been unusually delayed. The details haven't been worked out yet. (Examiner, Michael P)
Your environment has been canceled: The ICC has damaged fewer acres of streams, wetlands and forests in Montgomery County than originally planned (good), but as a result, the highway builders are canceling other promised projects in Prince George's County. (Post)
RPP rates rising, not here: San Francisco is raising their residential parking permit fee from $74 to $96 a year. Many residents are unhappy though others note it's just $8 a month. DC is still only $15 a year, or $1.25 a month. (SF Examiner, Michael P)
Angles morts: A French video discusses the hazards of cycling in Paris, like drivers making turns without looking, delivery trucks blocking lanes, and the other issues cyclists also face in the U.S. (Americablog, Steve S)
Obama gets an A- for infrastructure: As part of a series on assessing Obama's first year in office, Brookings experts give the Obama administration an A- for increasing infrastructure spending and initiating policy reforms in his first year, but his work so far is incomplete.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- New info about who rides a bike in DC will let us make the city even greater for cyclists
- Maryland's rural economy depends on its urban and suburban areas
- Farragut Square's virtual tunnel saves Metro riders time and eases crowding. Should downtown get another one?
- How well do you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 33
- Out: "cycletrack." In: "protected bikeway."
- Metro's flooded stations, in pictures
- Amsterdam plays Spot the Christmas Streetcar