Metro was planning to upgrade its smoke detection and fan system for months before February’s incident. The current system software is over 10 years old and couldn’t locate the origin of the smoke. (Post) Twitter
Highway builder, transit killer?
Who is Maryland’s new transportation secretary, Pete Rahn? He has a reputation for getting road projects built quickly with creative financing, and he’s reviewing the Purple and Red Line light rail projects for the governor. (Post) Twitter
Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille could face primary challengers as he starts a campaign for his fifth term. City politicians have criticized him for the slow pace of development and delays in planning the new Potomac Yard Metro station. (Post) Twitter
As CSX starts work on rebuilding the Virginia Avenue tunnel, opponents of the project have launched a court challenge. They argue that aspects of the 3-year planning process were illegal and lacked transparency. (Post) Twitter
The Washington Monument has grown shorter over its 130 years. That’s mostly due to the aluminum tip wearing down. But the measurements were also taken from a different point. (Post) Twitter
Nothing nice to tweet
Public transit receives more Twitter abuse than most other public services. How can transit agencies do a better job of dealing with angry tweeters? SEPTA takes an “active listening” approach to disarm upset customers. (CityLab) Twitter