Wednesday, October 21, 2020

In Japan and France, Riding Transit Looks Surprisingly Safe

Between May 9 and June 3, 150 clusters of new coronavirus cases emerged in France, according to the country’s national public health body. Defined...

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...

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...

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,...

Will Commuters Ever Go Back to Commuter Trains?

Last year, the fiscal management control board of MBTA, Boston’s regional transit agency, faced a critical decision. With area commuters enduring the worst car...

Paris Has a Plan to Keep Cars Out After Lockdown

Returning to a Paris dominated by cars after lockdown ends is “out of the question,” according to the city’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo. Speaking Tuesday...

In New York City, Density Saves Lives, Too

This is part of an ongoing CityLab series on the debate over urban density during the coronavirus crisis. For more, go here. New York’s...

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