For the second time in just over a week, a Metro bus came to a sudden stop when its engine randomly cut off. Metro has pulled 164 buses, around 10 percent of their total fleet, as they investigate the cause of the incidents. (Martine Powers / Post)
The Potomac has earned a B, its highest grade ever, up from a D just seven years ago. Declining pollution, returning wildlife, and protected land are contributing to the river’s comeback. If progress continues, the Potomac is poised to become the country’s next swimmable urban river. (Steve Hendrix / Post)
The massive incentive package meant to lure Amazon's second HQ to Maryland barely passed a House committee, getting the exact 12 necessary votes out of 23 in order to stay afloat. (Steve Thompson / Post)
Councilmember Trayon White (Ward 8) wants to extend a tax break for an IHOP on Alabama Avenue SE, while Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1) has proposed a new tax break for another IHOP, owned by the same people, in Columbia Heights. (Rebecca Cooper / WBJ)
An AAA survey found that distracted driving has become the most cited threat to personal safety among drivers, ranking higher even than drunk driving. Disturbingly, even with such high awareness of the problem, a staggering number admitted to reading or sending emails while driving. (Teta Alim / WTOP)
Lyft has launched a geofencing pilot program in San Francisco aimed at reducing congestion in high-traffic areas by diverting pick-ups and drop-offs away from busy sections of street to nearby side streets. (Katie Pyzyk / SmartcitiesDive)
LA's metro tasked two teams with reaching out to homeless riders on their Red Line. After 10 months, 19 individuals have been placed in permanent housing. They hope this initial success will attract funding to expand the program to the Green and Gold Lines. (Elana Eden / Planetizen)
Urbanism job opportunities!
Are you looking for a job that combines your passion for walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented communities with a talent for communicating complicated planning concepts and getting people excited about smart, urbanist policy? Check out these three open jobs: Communications Manager with Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG), and Advocacy Director and Membership/Development Coordinator with Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA).