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The latest renderings of the Westbard redevelopment plan revealed that it will have above-ground utility lines. Only Montgomery’s central business districts require underground utility lines, and the planning department says they “heard loud and clear” that residents consider the area suburban. (Bethesda Beat) Twitter
Phone theft is up
While the overall number of crimes reported on Metrorail and bus is down, pickpocketing (mostly of cellphones) increased 33%, and crimes in parking garages jumped up 47%. (WTOP) Twitter
Entertainment’s depiction of mass transit in the past has been less than flattering, but new TV shows are making it a part of characters’ lives. Could this help transit systems get the attention of policy makers? (NPR) Twitter
Fossil fuel failings
Pipelines are the supposed to be the safest method of transporting fossil fuels across the US, but there have been over 9,000 serious incidents in 30 years, with 548 deaths and 2,576 injuries. Is this really the best we can do? (CityLab) Twitter