Breakfast links: It's an oversight
Fighting terror with theater: Metro is having 50 people play-act a terrorist attack and response this morning at Union Station. This will cost $9.6 million from a DHS grant for random visible "shows of force" to try to deter terrorists. Experts say that really wouldn't deter anyone. (Post)
Who you gotta call?: Icy tracks caused the driver of a Metro maintenance vehicle to hit a contractor's truck and damage several vehicles. WMATA should have notified Tri-State Oversight within two hours, but didn't until Monday. (Examiner)
$30M for oversight: President Obama's budget not only includes WMATA's $150 million for capital, but also $30 million for safety oversight of nationwide transit systems. (Examiner) ... It also halves DC arts funding, among other changes. (Gavin Baker)
Streetcars on Wisconsin?: Wisconsin Avenue residents led by GGW contributor Ben Thielen are pushing for streetcars from Georgetown to Tenleytown, and created a Facebook page to rally supporters. (NBCWashington, Ben)
Don't DASH on Sundays: Alexandria proposes cutting DASH service on Sundays along with other drastic service cuts and fare increases for its bus system. (Examiner)
A vision for Hampton Roads: BeyondDC created a transit vision for the Hampton Roads area; the state DRPT actually has a vision, which shares some elements of BeyondDC's and varies in others.
Ag Reserve megachurch not dead yet: Frederick County denied approval for a megachurch in farmland and forest next to Montgomery's Agricultural Reserve (which Leggett approved), but the church is appealing, and will get another hearing based on septic impacts. (Frederick News Post)
How green is your road project?: Greenroads is a new rating system for roadway projects, similar to LEED for buildings. It gives points for stormwater management, pedestrian access, recycling by contractors, and more. (Stanton Park)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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