The Atlantic has more evidence that transit isn’t responsible for the spread of COVID-19, despite the CDC’s recommendation that people drive alone and the ongoing panic that’s cut ridership by three-quarters. Still, a recent poll found that 70 percent of Londoners are anxious about commuting by bus or subway (City Lab). In the U.S., the federal DOT will distribute 100 million masks to airports, transit agencies and Amtrak (Reuters).
Meanwhile, in the U.K, demand for mopeds and scooters has tripled as commuters shun transit. (The Guardian)
One urban planner has another way to make transit safer: Go fare-free, which will reduce the likelihood of interactions with police. (Grist)
The push for new cycleways in Great Britain isn’t about pollution or the pandemic anymore. It’s about social justice and ensuring people without cars have transportation options. (Forbes)
To survive post-COVID, transit agencies have to do a better job of communicating their benefits, such as convenience, safety, and less pollution and congestion. (Planetizen)
Since the start of the pandemic, cities have been turning to microtransit to get seniors to the doctor or essential workers to their jobs, especially at odd hours. But the approach has its flaws (Undark). One such city is New Orleans, where the RTA is starting an Uber-like on-demand option in areas that lack transit service (Times-Picayune).
From the “trolley problem” to economic inequality, driverless cars are fraught with ethical issues. (ABC News)
New rankings put San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, California; Madison, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. at the top of the best cities for biking in the U.S. (WTOP)
Streetsblog NYC board member Gabe Klein has an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for cities to reckon with their racist pasts.
Sound Transit’s Tacoma Link extension is facing a $35 million shortfall. (News Tribune)
Two Las Vegas casinos want Elon Musk’s Boring Company to dig his stupid tunnels for Teslas on tracks. (The Verge)
“Transit justice does not rely on transit agencies alone. The injustices are symptoms of larger problems and the agencies have to work in tandem to create programmatic solutions that make our community safe and accessible for everyone,” Campbell stated.
San Francisco Bay Area agency Marin Transit signed a deal that will allow its riders to buy their bus tickets directly from the Uber app — agreeing to pay the company a subscription fee as much as $80,000 over two years for the use of its software. The move raised hackles among some transit advocates, who are skeptical of the e-taxi industry's corrosive impact on public transportation ridership.
As coronavirus cases surge nationally, many scientific studies are reassuring essential workers that it's largely safe to take public transportation (if they use basic precautions) — and reminding Washington that it's past time to give transit agencies the relief they need.