The United States killed Osama bin Laden yesterday. The announcement brought thousands to the White House, putting the closed blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue to good use (BeyondDC) … Mindful of the danger of retaliation, many places are beefing up security, including Metro. (WTOP)
CaBi’s utility creates converts
It’s people like Aaron Adkins, who more than cut his commute time in half, who have made Capital Bikeshare a rousing success. They’re also likely to be the most powerful voices for its expansion. Boston is looking to DC for tips as it prepares to launch its own bike sharing system. (Boston Globe)
Responsive Metro pushes bike cage
Metro asked riders what they wanted in a secure bike parking facility at College Park station. Unfortunately, accommodating the desire to pay as you go and implementing the pilot quickly, will come at the expense of being able to pay with SmarTrip. (PlanItMetro)
Chevy Chase a little less anti-Purple Line?
Chevy Chase councilmembers who oppose the Purple Line are leaning against legal action and want to work with state officials, while a challenger would sue to stop the project. (Gazette)
Safety rule strains track inspectors
In reaction to incidents that killed several track workers, Metro is requiring one track inspector of each two-man team to stop inspecting track and simply watch for trains. Inspectors say this increases the chance track problems will be overlooked. (Post)
No agreement on Nats’ Metro bill
With an evening game tonight and thunderstorms in the forecast, DC and the Nationals still haven’t reached a compromise on who foots the $90k bill for late Metro service in the event of a late-running game. (Examiner)
MD cities, DC will tackle street runoff
Thanks to a $235,000 grant from EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, 10 Maryland cities in the Anacostia watershed will get money to improve streetscapes to better handle storm runoff. (DCist)
Residents, tourists alarmed by rising tolls
The Chesapeake Expressway, on the route from Richmond to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, tripled its tolls beginning yesterday. The road’s popularity has necessitated higher maintenance costs than expected. (Post)
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