Afternoon links: Gotta lotta news
June's service disruptions: WMATA has announced their June weekend and weeknight track work schedule. As usual, Matt Johnson has updated our calendar showing planned disruptions to train and bus service.
Crash on K: Two cabs, two other cars, and a Circulator were involved in a crash at 13th and K, and "at least one person has life-threatening injuries." One of the cab drivers might have had a heart attack, say some witnesses. (DCist)
"The park is parked": The Capitol Hill Town Square proposal at Eastern Market Metro is on hold for now. The task force recommended the "triptych" option to create a center oval, but neighbors right on the plaza oppose that option. (The Hill is Home)
What a cyclist sees: A cyclist wore a helmet camera for a year, and recorded many drivers almost hitting him, and in at least one case, actually hitting him. (CNN, MV)
Virginians packing Amtrak: The Northeast Regional extension to Charlottesville and Lynchburg has smashed ridership estimates, though some worry that more trains will turn Charlottesville into a DC suburb and spur sprawl. (The Hook News Blog, Joey)
Roaring for bike sharing: As expected, MWCOG submitted the regional bike sharing program for the second round of TIGER grants. It was in the first application but didn't get funded and would add 2,250 more bikes to the 1,100 recently announced. (WBJ)
The one good MLK Library view: This must be why Mies Van der Rohe designed the MLK Library as he did, and why architects insist that it's a good building: It looks good from far away, but up close and from inside, it's less successful. (Post)
Greater grocers: Safeway plans to build next door to its newly-renovated Georgetown store, but it seems to be bland and have a lot of parking (Georgetown Metropolitan) ... Grocers need to innovate, argues The Internationalist. (Jeff1248)
Even more ART: Arlington just keeps improving its transit. Now it's a new ART bus, #84, serving Douglas Park and Nauck and apartments at 24th St. S. and S. Glebe Rd. (Gavin)
The other late-night change: Besides the streetcar cuts, there was another last-minute change to last week's DC budget: A closed school in Ward 8 was given to UDC to house a new community college. (DC Wire)
Safe cars buried, then destroyed: In the 1970's, NHTSA created prototype cars that were far ahead of their time in safety, but they were unceremoniously junked by the Reagan administration. (Jalopnik, Stephen Miller)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks
- A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes
- No, DC is not abandoning plans for most streetcar lines
- The 11th Street Bridge Park gets a brilliant design. Will it succeed?
- What would you call Loudoun's Metro stations?
- David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more
- A move to strengthen affordable housing runs into political obstacles