Breakfast links: More questions than answers
Should our Metro advertise?: LA's Metro boosted transit mode share from 22% to 36% with a few bus improvements and a really powerful advertising campaign. (CoolTown Studios)
"Human error," but whose?: So far, there's only scant information and speculation about yesterday's
death of two track workers incident where four track workers killed two others. The Examiner and WTOP have various details, including procedures (sounding a horn, putting rubber mats over the tracks) that ought to have prevented this.
What would Jefferson say?: You can't take pictures at the Archives, and now you can't dance at the Jefferson Memorial either. Only being reverent and tranquil is legal. In other words, act like a tourist sheep (but don't take pictures), or get off the Mall. (DCist)
More walkability or the end of the world?: It's a little like Erik Bootsma's vision: A church three blocks from Silver Spring Metro and near the future Purple Line wants to build apartments on its parking lot to pay for a new church; some neighbors say the cars will "destroy the neighborhood." How about building it with less parking?
Is Fairfax really chicken or just a little bit?: Tysons planners are close to finalizing the plans for redevelopment for supervisor approval. The current draft would add 96,600 residents and 190,500 jobs, but still only about 2/3 the size from the original task force vision. There's a public meeting tonight and another February 11. (Fairfax Times)
Should MLK Ave get a Circulator?: DDOT is considering a Circulator east of the river. It would match another of the proposed streetcar lines, continuing the theme of Circulator routes being streetcar routes that haven't been built yet. (WBJ)
The biggest subway ever: A Harvard postdoc has created a subway-style map of the Milky Way. (via Notions Capital)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Upper Northwest hits peak NIMBY about a homeless shelter
- For DC Council at large: Robert White
- Metro doesn't have four tracks. That's not why maintenance is a problem.
- For DC Council in Ward 7: Vince Gray
- If Metro had been more like Southwest Airlines, it'd have saved a lot of headaches
- DC's population is exploding
- For Arlington County Board: Erik Gutshall