Breakfast links: Rolling backward
Photo from MCPL.
No more rollback:
The WMATA Board authorized installing rollback protection
in the 5000-series rail cars. This will prevent crashes like the 2004 Woodley Park incident where an empty train rolled back into one with passengers at the platform.
Maryland Republicans' plan for the state's budget
includes cutting funding for WMATA. Because getting people to work is not a conservative value. (Newschannel 8, Michael P)
Not another parking lot:
A development plan for the closed Bruce Monroe Elementary in Columbia Heights is delayed from the economy. The Deputy Mayor's office wanted to turn it into a pay surface parking lot
, but neighbors preferred some "temporary urbanism" like a park, temporary buildings with computer labs, or a farmers' market. Between neighbor opposition and Jim Graham, the Deputy Mayor has now backed down.
Parking full, no Metro for you:
A Dr. Gridlock letter writer's daughter can't use Metro because the parking lots fill up
early in the morning. Worse yet, you can't tell if there's room before entering and paying. The doc suggests some lots to try; this is also a good reason WMATA should set rates per-lot to equalize supply and demand. (Get There)
Farmers markets may become accessible to poor:
WIC vouchers, which let low-income single mothers buy healthy produce, will now work at farmers' markets if states and markets participate
. Unfortunately, Virginia declined, and DC only has one training, in Greenbelt, meaning many DC markets are likely to remain unavailable. (DC Food For All)
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