GAO Criticizes Metro’s SafeTrack Rollout; Germantown Chicken Performs on Jimmy Kimmel

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Government watchdog finds Metro rushed SafeTrack program

In a report published Tuesday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority failed to do a cost-benefit analysis or obtain detailed information before launching the SafeTrack repair program. WMATA officials responded to the report that the safety issues were so pressing that they had to start the program immediately. [GAO]

State bills aimed at making pedestrian crossings safer die in Annapolis

The proposed bills would have required motorists to stop when seeing a pedestrian preparing to cross a state highway or yield to people riding bikes in a crosswalk. Both failed by 6-5 votes in legislative committees last week. A bill that would allow HAWK signals—special pedestrian beacons—also failed in a state Senate legislative committee, but a House version is still being considered. [WAMU]

County Council postpones Silver Spring town hall

A town hall scheduled for tonight at the Long Branch Community Center in Silver Spring has been postponed due to possibly icy conditions tonight. The council plans to reschedule the event for sometime in April. [Montgomery County Council]

Germantown chicken performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jokgu—a Buff Brahma Bantam chicken—appeared on Kimmel’s “Can They Do It Live?” segment and performed “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on a light-up piano for her warm-up, followed by a special rendition of “America The Beautiful.” The chicken needed some help from its owner, but it captivated the audience.

“I’m actually tearing up right now,” Kimmel said. “This is so beautiful.” [YouTube]

Wind advisory in effect

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory until 6 p.m. Wednesday, with gusts as high as 49 mph possible and sustained winds from 25 to 30 mph expected this afternoon. Some scattered snow showers are predicted this afternoon and temperatures will reach a high of 29 degrees and drop to a nighttime low around 20.

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