Breakfast links: Follow the rules
MetroAccess drivers ignore rules, pay rider fares: Since the fare was raised, some MetroAccess drivers have been ignoring a new rule which requires riders to pay before boarding. Many are even paying customers' fares out of their own pocket. (Examiner)
Respect the train of command: WMATA's culture worships the "chain of command." If there's a problem, tell your boss. If they tell their boss and nothing happens, tough; talk to others and you might get slapped. (Metro From the Inside Out)
School news: The Fairfax County School Superintendent is proposing discipline policy changes after a rash of decidedly draconian punishments. ... A DC woman is claiming her son's teacher encouraged him to change his test answers. The WTU is saying any misdeeds likely happened in administrative offices, not classrooms. (WUSA)
Bentonville's Chili Bowl: Harry Thomas, Jr. wants to see Ben's Chili Bowl in every Walmart—
across the nation. But since Ben's chili is made by hand each morning, how would that work, exactly? (DCist)
Bike & ped crashes up over decade: With the most recent Street Smart campaign come new data about rising bicycle and pedestrian crashes in the region. Last year there were more than 400 crashes, while in 1999 there were just over 200. (TheWashCycle)
Mobile market to take on food deserts: Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture is converting a school bus into a mobile farmers' market that can serve the region's food deserts. They have a happy hour and fundraiser tonight. (We Love DC)
Keolis can bid on MARC after releasing Nazi information: Keolis America will be allowed to bid on the MARC Brunswick and Camden Lines, after its parent, SNCF, agreed to speed the online digitization of company archives addressing the company's role in transporting people to Nazi death camps. (Baltimore Sun)
Pedestrian guide to the USA: An new infographic gives tips to pedestrians in various cities, including DC, in the form of traffic warning signs. Some are informative, some funny, and some just reinforce harmful stereotypes. (We Love DC)
And...: Metro released its sizable track work schedule for April yesterday, with only one weekend-long closing (TBD) ... The National Women's History Museum may get dibs on a parcel of land just south of the Mall at 12th Street SW (Housing Complex) ... Marion Barry has been driving a car with expired license plates for months, and likely never registered the car or paid the taxes on it. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- DC has almost no white residents without college degrees. (It's a different story for black residents.)
- What's so great about the Purple Line, anyway?
- I don't care what some people say: DC has great transportation options.
- The biggest beneficiaries of housing subsidies? The wealthy.
- Clearly we need to have more happy hours in Prince George's
- Does DC want boring architecture? Sort of.
- Metro badly needs culture change, everyone agrees. Can it pull it off?