The Silver Line won’t run in a tunnel through Tysons as many wish, but there will be a tunnel: a half-mile segment where the line makes the turn from Route 123 to Route 7. The Post looks at the engineering involved in building this tunnel while keeping nearby roads and businesses open. (Nick J.) (Tip: Nick J.)Twitter
$4.75 after six months (more without SmarTrip). (Inside NoVA) ... The VRE Board voted to replace Amtrak as the operator with French company Keolis Railroad Services America. The change should save $1 million a year. (WBJ, Gavin Baker, Arslan J) (Tip: Gavin Baker)Twitter
Idaho stop or a wink?
“Vehicular” cyclists want to train cyclists to operate as cars. “Facilitators” want better bike infrastructure. Both generally agree on the Idaho Stop, but is it feasible? Or is a simple agreement not to enforce stop signs for bikes except in unsafe situations more realistic? DC cyclist Christopher Beam ponders the stop-sign running debate. (Slate) (Tip: Michael P)Twitter
Toronto could add density without building higher by adding more alley dwellings in its many “laneways,” argues Christopher Hume. But some oppose the idea, saying it will stress the existing infrastructure like water and sewers. Richard Layman says, then build better infrastructure. (Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space, Michael P) (Tip: Michael P)Twitter
NJ Transit site snazzier but not more transparent
New Jersey Transit has an improved Web site, but includes little budget information. Mobilizing the Region wishes they could be more like WMATA, which does post substantial budget data. (Mobilizing the Region, Michael P) (Tip: Michael P)Twitter
Less frequent service, less TOD?
Montgomery County’s (Red Line) Metro stations all have more service than any of the Prince George’s County (Green, Blue, Orange) stations because those lines share tracks in the core while the Red Line doesn’t. Could this contribute to the relative lack of development at those stations versus Montgomery’s? (Imagine, DC) (Tip: Imagine, DC)Twitter