The homeowner who claimed he owned part of an old railroad right-of-way along the Purple Line route lost his case in Maryland’s highest court, paving the way for Purple Line construction. (Bethesda Magazine)
DC’s plow-tracking website was supposed to show the city’s progress clearing streets. But it wasn’t very accurate, as it only reported on the location of DC-owned plows and overstated how much salt the plows spread. (Post)
The DC Council debated and then shot down a proposal for higher penalties for crimes committed on public transportation. The debate centered around whether higher penalties deter crime and if transit crime is unique. (Post)
The idea for a maglev train from DC to Baltimore, championed by Governor Larry Hogan, is a “white elephant,” says an op-ed. It would be massively expensive, and Maryland could improve MARC for more benefit at less cost. (Post)
DC’s streetcar past
A new book on DC’s streetcar history explores Congress’ endless meddling, how a streetcar company quickly restored service after a fire engulfed cable machinery, and the equivalent of “manspreading” in the early 1900s. (Post)
The Federal Highway Administration keeps changing its mind about the best font for roadway signs. Citing new legibility research following a major font change in 2004, new signs on US highways will revert to 1940s font. (CityLab)
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