Breakfast links: Full of contradictions
VA wants cheap Dulles station: State and county officials want the MWAA to choose the cheapest alternative for the Dulles Airport station. The financiers will not operate the line so they have little incentive to balance cost with operational effectiveness. (Examiner)
Robbery footage released: Metro released the security camera footage of a December robbery which contradicts both the anonymous reports from Unsuck DC Metro as well as the official report from Metro Transit Police. (City Paper)
Manufactured bike lane opposition: ANC Commissioner Tom Smith opposes a bike lane on New Mexico Avenue because people might back out of driveways through the lane. A skeptical cyclist took a ride along the stretch and found there's not a single driveway from which a driver would ever back out. (Tales from the Sharrows)
Health impact of SE bike lane: A Johns Hopkins public health professor will conduct a Health Impact Assessment of a planned Ward 8 bike lane, which will connect several groceries, healthcare facilities, schools and rec centers with community. (WABA)
Metro to lengthen some trains: WMATA will lengthen 5 trains to 8-cars on the Red and Orange Lines, just in time for the Cherry Blossom Festival. The new 8-car trains will remain in service even after the peak tourist weeks. (DCist)
Liberal NIMBYism in our back yard: After the NY Times wrote about the hypocrisy of liberals who support environmental protection and sustainability in theory but oppose it vehemently in practice, Ryan Avent expounds on the logical disconnect and says the Brookland redevelopment fight is a prime example in DC. (The Bellows)
NFL owners forget public financing: Entitled NFL team owners shut down the league, then complain about "their" expensive new stadiums going unused, forgetting that the public on average pays for more than 50% of stadium costs. (Post)
Landover Redskins?: Redskins owner Dan Snyder has told the Washington Post it cannot use the name "Redskins" in the title of its local NFL blog, claiming he wants to protect and control the brand. (Post) ... Greg Otto says DC should do the same and ask Snyder to stop calling the suburban team the Washington Redskins. (WTOP)
And...: The Examiner talks with Hillcrest blogger, Greater Greater Washington contributor and transportation advocate Veronica Davis. ... DC DPW apparently takes a "do as I say, not as I do" attitude toward traffic and parking laws. (WAMU) ... Some extra color has appeared on the vault of the Eastern Market Metro station. (BeyondDC)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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