Saturday, May 30, 2020

When Trump Tweets About Transit

On Thursday evening, U.S. President Donald Trump stepped away from feuding with Twitter to use the social media platform for an uncharacteristic purpose: announcing...

Europe Puts Its Hospitals on Rails

This month, Italy introduced a new tool in its fight against coronavirus and other health crises: a hospital train. Capable of treating and transporting...

How to Safely Travel on Mass Transit During Coronavirus

As lockdowns start to ease, trains, buses and planes are becoming an even greater focus of anxiety, with larger numbers of people considering when...

The Toxic Intersection of Racism and Public Space

That Christian Cooper is still alive should not be taken for granted. His encounter with Amy Cooper in Central Park could have ended in...

What Our Post-Pandemic Behavior Might Look Like

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when it wasn’t widely understood that germs could pass from person to person. Before the late...

Even the Pandemic Can’t Kill the Open-Plan Office

The call center on the 11th floor of this 19-story office building in downtown Seoul had a layout that would look familiar to many...

How Will Americans Commute After Lockdowns End?

More than zero, fewer than 45, ideally 16: Those are the number of minutes that workers would prefer to spend commuting, according to various...

A NYC Councilmember’s Plan to Save Public Transit

The New York City subway has been a convenient target for pandemic blame, demonized as a vector of disease that spread the coronavirus poison...

Who Wants to Be a Contact Tracer?

It starts with a phone call. You may have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus, a kind-sounding voice tells you: You should...

A Post-Pandemic Reality Check for Transit Boosters

In 1918, streetcars were the top urban transportation mode in the United States. And they were packed: Americans made about 140 trips per capita,...

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In the Walking Capitals of the World, Drivers Still Rule the Road

By international standards, London is a fairly walkable city. In 2018, one of every four trips was made primarily by foot. And the city...

In Minneapolis Protests, Bus Drivers Take a Side

As demonstrations in Minneapolis continued Friday over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died on May 25 after pleading for help...

“Shovel-ready” projects just dig a deeper hole

Investing in “shovel-ready” projects—projects that are allegedly ready to go but just lacking funding—is an attractive idea for stimulating job growth. But as we...

What Happens When the Eviction Bans End?

Last week, a crowd of about 30 people lined up in a single-file, socially distanced line outside the district court in Petersburg, Virginia. Among...