Breakfast links: Good luck getting there
One more on Red, Orange: WMATA has expanded Red and Orange Line service to reach White Flint and East Falls Church.
There's no change to bus service yet. Update: Most bus routes have now been restored.
What happens in a storm: A Columbia man stole a front loader to plow neighbors' driveways, and he wasn't the only one (Baltimore Sun) ... One Prince George's resident threatened a plow driver for not plowing his street yet (Post) ... Some shoppers found the Tenleytown Safeway open but unstaffed during the last storm, and a few took items and left money or IOUs; those who left IOUs will be getting a bill. (Post)
Privatization is magic!: The Examiner makes a ridiculous suggestion to privatize snowplowing, just because one company cleared a couple customers' driveways. Plus, it turns out private firms do much of DC's plowing in heavy storms. (RPUS, City Paper)
Cities, ewwww(ing): Former Montgomery County Councilmember Gail Ewing (Potomac) criticizes Smart Growth by trotting out many of the tired stereotypes about cities being crime-ridden and odd new stereotypes about having long lines. (Gazette)
Help Zipcar, make a few bucks: Zipcar is working hard to get their cars out of the snow, but could use a little help (and can pay). They write: "If you're snowed in and have flexibility with work, come shovel and get paid to have fun. Meet Friday, 2/12 [that's today] at 10:30 am at 403 8th Street, NW. $12/hour. Extra shovels welcome!!"
Just 1 foot left for 3-foot passing: HB1048, to require passing cyclists with 3 feet and disallow "following too close," made it out of the House Transportation Committee with a couple Republicans joining most Democrats. It now moves to its largest hurdle: the full House floor. Call your delegate. (VA Bicycling Federation, Gavin Baker)
Walkable, photographable New York: Mayor Bloomberg has made the pedestrianized Broadway in Times and Herald Squares permanent (Streetsblog) ... A man unlawfully arrested for taking photos in the subway won a $30,000 judgment. (2nd Ave. Sagas)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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