Breakfast links: It was hot inside and out of some Metro stations this weekend

Metro stations with broken cooling units reached almost 95 degrees Friday

Metro stations aren’t cooled by air conditions – instead, they have chillers, which cool the air by pumping cold water.  Unfortunately, the chillers at the Dupont Circle, Farragut North, and Union Station are currently broken, and temperatures at these stations reached almost 95 degrees on Friday.  (Jordan Pascale / WAMU)

Despite the heat, Metro keeps its ban on carrying water

Although Metro has lifted its ban on carrying water on buses and trains in past heat waves, including a July 2018 day that saw temperatures reach 98 degrees, the transit system made no such move for last weekend’s oppressive heat.  (Jordan Pascale / WAMU)

Questions remain in the wake of the two men killed in a car crash

After a driver struck and killed two people in a Foggy Bottom park on July 10, the US Park Police have yet to say what caused the crash and whether the driver was under the influence of substances at the time.  (Gaspard Le Dem / DCist)

How fair is Uber’s rating system?

Some Uber passengers say they’ve received poor ratings from drivers without good cause, or in other cases, received a low rating for inappropriate reasons such as traveling with children or rejecting a driver’s advances.  (Travis DeShong / Post)

225 new apartments are coming to Rockville

Last week, the Montgomery Planning Board signed off on a preliminary proposal to build a 225-unit multifamily apartment complex on Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville. The site is home to Maryland’s largest crab tree, which will be relocated before construction begins.  (Caitlynn Peetz / Bethesda Beat)

Why does Phase 2 of the Silver Line have so many delays?

Despite initial hope that construction of Phase 2 of the Silver Line would be easier than the first, the rail line is almost a year behind schedule. Officials are having a hard time pinpointing why, and it’s not unusual for large transit projects to see similar delays.  (Lori Aratani / Post)

Amazon’s HQ2 towers will be taller than neighboring buildings

Despite having the same number of floors as a neighboring residential building, a pair of office towers planned for Amazon will be 60 feet higher due to greater floor-to-ceiling hikes. This is possible by including heating and cooling ducts on the ceiling, as is common with office buildings.  (Jonathan Capriel / WBJ)

MoCo’s sluggish job growth also hurts schools and housing

Montgomery County is way behind the rest of the region in adding new jobs, which limits its ability to address crowded schools and a limited housing supply. Some employers say the county should invest more in transportation to make it better connected with the rest of the region.  (Jon Banister / Bisnow)

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