Ugh. The CDC is now recommending that people drive to work alone rather than carpool or take transit to avoid exposure to coronavirus, and even wants employers to offer reimbursement for parking (New York Times), even though there’s no evidence that transit is any more dangerous than being in an office. City Lab has a guide to using transit safely. It’s pretty common-sense advice, like wear a mask, try to sit somewhere with good ventilation, and stay away from other people — especially ones who talk loudly.
The CDC’s guidance may change this, but Human Transit says COVID-19 may have killed rush hour, which is good news because providing transit service at peak hours is expensive.
An architect advising the city of Madrid believes “the post-COVID city is a post-auto city” (Explica). (Not if we’re all supposed to drive to work by ourselves!)
Biking is growing fastest among low-income and minority groups, yet they’re often invisible or ignored in planning infrastructure and are subjected to more policing. (The Conversation)
Since its merger with Lime, JUMP has dumped thousands of perfectly good bikes at recycling facilities, even as there’s a global shortage of bikes because cycling is skyrocketing during the pandemic. (Vice, Streetsblog)
The for-profit Brightline is asking Miami-Dade to spend $350 million on five new train platforms as part of an express line to Orlando. The plan is an alternative to the publicly owned Tri-Rail build a coastal line. (Miami Herald)
New York Magazine profiles Sarah Feinberg, the interim president of New York City Transit, who started the week before Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a lockdown. She’s still taking the subway to work.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is exploring the possibility of turning the French Quarter into a pedestrian-only zone. (Times-Picayune)
The Kansas City streetcar won federal approval for an expansion (KSHB), and Orange County, California, awarded a $45-million contract to operate its streetcar, which will start rolling in 2022 (Register).
The United Kingdom will spend 283 million euros to increase frequency and capacity on trains and buses to promote social distancing, as well as hygiene measures. (The Guardian)
Ohio DOT is one of those old-school transportation agencies that’s still just a highway department. The director is a former asphalt industry lobbyist. The state — despite being fairly densely populated and urban (about 1 million people don’t have cars) — spent only $7.3 million supporting transit in 2013, far less than it devotes to mowing […]
How you get to work — it’s a function of where you live, the options available to you and, to some extent, your own personal preferences. Not least of these considerations is the question of where you work. In fact, the most important factor behind the decision to commute by car or take transit may […]
Troy, Michigan is down one transit center, $8.5 million in investment and an unknown number of jobs this week after City Council voted 4-3 Monday to reject a federal grant aimed at improving rail transit in metro Detroit. The decision, backed by Tea Party Mayor Janice Daniels and the National Review Online, caused a swift […]
The University of Wisconsin-Madison provides bike valet at its football games. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supports free transit for everyone in the region. The University of California, Irvine launched a bike-share system in 2009, long before any major city in California had done so. American colleges and universities are leaders in […]