Boston’s MBTA is now participating in Google Transit. That leaves WMATA as the only major transit agency not participating. Michael calculates that 9.5% of transit trips tracked by APTA are now on non-participating systems; about two-thirds of those are on WMATA. NY/NJ’s PATH is the second largest laggard. (Globe) Twitter
Eleven Maryland state legislators from the Potomac, Rockville, and Germantown parts of Montgomery County, plus two Frederick County delegates, signed a letter supporting light rail for the Corridor Cities Transitway and two new lanes on I-270. Saqib Ali, the young (for a delegate), software engineer representative from North Potomac quickly clarified that he doesn’t support the widening, and hadn’t seen its brief mention in the letter before signing. Twitter
Not another passive park?
Richard Layman argues that maybe the two-district option for Poplar Point could work if the park in between contained active recreation, amusement, and education, with museums, recreation centers, libraries, theaters, or even a Ferris wheel. The federal rules might prohibit any building in the park area, however, even for recreational or civic uses. (RPUS) Twitter
Following up on the U Street noise debate, Rob Pitingolo points out that many younger residents want to live in neighborhoods with bars, but generally lack enough savings or long-term job stability to buy a condo. Paradoxically, thanks to the greater developer profits on condos, new buildings right on nightlife streets like U Street are mostly condos rather than the rental apartments that many people who want to live right on U Street might be able to afford. (Extraordinary Observations) Twitter
Tweet of the day
@eschor: NY Times has THREE reporters live-blogging the #^!%$@ “beer summit”. Death of journalism, meet your defining moment. ... The Post’s blogger outreach publicist also sent around an email saying that Post reporters had surveyed local bartenders about which beers the participants liked. Twitter