Governor O’Malley will soon announce the state’s recommendations for both the Purple Line and Baltimore’s Red Line. He’s expected to recommend light rail for both projects, and push for federal funds for both to ensure both the Washington and Baltimore areas get their transit priorities equally. With a more transit-friendly administration, getting two projects funded just might be possible. (Post, Cavan) (Tip: Cavan)
This would cause many operational nightmares and inconsistent passenger experiences. MTA is considering it only to fit FTA cost-effectiveness metrics. Any metric that pushes cities into terrible designs is a bad metric. (Baltimore Sun, Cavan) (Tip: Cavan)
DC, Prince George’s County, and other major cities across the US are experiencing much less violent crime than in the past, despite the bad economy. Experts really aren’t sure why. Better police data mining? Better relations with the community? Improved strategies for policing? (Post, Cavan) (Tip: Cavan)
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Unsuck DC Metro has a little fun inviting commenters to fill in WMATA’s tweets that got cut off for surpassing the 140-character limit. (Michael P) (Tip: Michael P)
1000s in train middles not a new idea
The Tri-state Oversight Committee asked Metro to study moving the 1000 Series cars to the center of trains before the crash, but now they say that Metro has no proof that putting the old cars in the center actually is safer. (Examiner, Matt’) (Tip: Matt')