After the smoke fatality in January, WMATA had some PR firms pitch them on how to deal with “adverse search results,” discussion that “continues to progress unfettered into negative spaces,” and @FixMetro’s criticisms. (City Paper)
Cracks slow construction
Last month construction crews found cracks in the girders that will hold the Silver Line tracks near Dulles Airport. The cracked girders may need to be replaced and could further delay the second phase of the Silver Line. (Post)
Safety drill not up to snuff
WMATA invited ANC Commissioner Denise Krepp to observe a Metro safety drill. She says the drill exposed “shocking gaps” in Metro communications and handling of disabled passengers. (PoPville)
What to do about murders?
Muriel Bowser wants to put more police on the street and increase some penalties to try to fight the jump in murders. Activists protested, saying her approach will not work and there needs to be more job training. (DCist)
More bikes, less congestion
Traffic congestion dropped 2-3% in areas around Capital Bikeshare stations. It increased slightly in areas next to those with docks, suggesting that drivers might avoid streets with a lot of cyclists. (Planetizen)
For over 60 years, fights over fair housing initiatives have helped concentrated poverty persist. To fix the problem, we need strong advocates and a new political strategy that fits today’s urban landscape. (Dissent Magazine)
Boston’s Green Line extension will cost $1 billion more than estimated. It’s tough to find the money to both fix old transportation infrastructure and build new connections. How can we fix infrastructure financing methods? (CityLab)
Henry Kay is leaving his post at the MTA today. Kay was instrumental in planning the Purple Line. (Post) … Making turns from the L Street protected bike lane is confusing. Gear Prudence explains the best way. (City Paper) … For one day, Paris will prohibit all cars from driving in the city. (Forbes)
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