800 people per square mile is the density at which places switch from Republican to Democratic control. Loudoun has been a political battleground, but density due to the Silver Line could turn it Democratic. (Politico)
What can Green teach about Silver?
When the southern end of Metro’s Green Line opened in 2001, a lack of cars led to overcrowding. Will this again be a problem when the Silver Line opens? Likely not. (Post)
Virginia’s DMV has told rideshare services Uber and Lyft to stop operating. Despite past warnings, the companies continue selling rides, hoping to outlast the regulators. (Post)
EPA rule’s impacts will vary
EPA’s emissions reduction proposal would require Maryland and Virginia to reduce their carbon emissions by 37% and 38%. The District would be excluded as it has no operating power plants. (Vox)
A utility model for funding transit
With U.S. transit systems perennially broke, it is time to rethink their governance? Regulated utilities operate in a similar context but manage to stay profitable while providing decent service. (CityLab)
New bus adjusts to riders
A startup has begun operating a bus in Boston that adjusts its route to better serve riders. Initial rides have been faster than the T, but more expensive. (NYTimes)
Voters gain development veto power
Voters in San Francisco passed a referendum giving themselves a say in development along the waterfront. Although touted as a victory against developers, the result may be an ever higher cost of housing. (Post)
A recent podcast tells the story of David Gunn’s transformation of the NYC subway system. Criminalization of graffiti and obsessive cleaning of trains was necessary to tip the scales. (99% Invisible, thm) (Tip: thm)
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