Breakfast links: Park it
Who runs the Circulator: The City Paper asks Vince Gray if he'd turn over a future streetcar system to WMATA to run. He fairly rightly answers that he'd hesitate to put a DC-specific transit system under the control of a regional entity. (David Alpert)
The wheels on the bikes: CommuterPageBlog features a photo set from the Capital Bikeshare warehouse, including bikes under assembly and station components. (BeyondDC)
Stuck in park: The District will hold a ceremony today to celebrate the empty fields that will some undetermined day, supposedly in late 2011, be the "centerpiece" of Near Southeast, Canal Park. Nevermind that the Yards Park on the Anacostia waterfront is actually opening in two weeks. Still, the design and amenities of Canal Park are intriguing. (The Internationalist, JDLand, Jeff1248)
Reap what you sow: While most Dulles Corridor commercial real estate languishes in the recession, Reston Town Center is a noticeable outlier. They might be onto something with that "urban living" thing. (Post, Cavan)
Original art in transit: New York City's MoMA is displaying "Underground Gallery: London Transport Posters 1920s-1940s," a collection of the subway's beautiful, and in many cases informative, early branding campaign. (Slate, Jaime Fearer)
Making the grade: The EPA and Department of Transportation are looking to revamp vehicle window stickers for 2012 new car models. One proposal would give cars grades, from A+ for fuel-sipping hybrids and electrics to a D for gas guzzlers. Apparently even the auto industry has grade inflation. (Wired.com)
It's high time: Typically beholden to highway interests, AASHTO this week featured articles about driving-reduction programs and LA's 30/10 plan. (The Express Stop)
No more free parking: San Francisco's Muni will start charging all employees to park at the agency yards, after drivers refused to forgo their legally mandated pay raises. The parking fees will be charged to all employees, not just drivers. Now if only WMATA could get their employees to even park in real spaces. (SF Gate)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
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- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope