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How U.S. Public Transit Can Survive Coronavirus

Public transportation has been in a state of crisis since the coronavirus pandemic began. Ridership in major cities in the U.S., Europe and China...

The New York Subway Got Caught in the Coronavirus Culture War

On April 13, Jeffrey Harris, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a non-peer-reviewed study with a provocative title: “The Subways Seeded...

Oakland’s ‘Slow Streets’ Is an Emergency Measure Long in the Making

Last week, Oakland, California, announced a bold answer to shelter-in-place coronavirus claustrophobia: To create more outdoor space and safer corridors for essential travel by...

Anyone Feel Like Saving Electric Scooters?

Vultures are circling around shared micromobility. E-scooter operators like Bird, Lime, Jump, and Spin were confronting financial headwinds even before Covid-19 drastically reduced urban trips...

Coronavirus lockdowns are pushing mass transit systems to the brink – and low-income riders...

Mass transit ridership in Los Angeles and elsewhere has plummeted during the crisis. Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images ...

Hit Hard by Covid-19, Transit Workers Call for Shutdowns

The life of a transit worker was never easy in the United States. Then along came coronavirus. To enable the livelihoods of other essential...

As Coronavirus Quiets Streets, Some Cities Speed Road and Transit Fixes

Eerie drone footage, dispersed block parties, unobstructed wildlife wanderings: The empty streets of the coronavirus era have given rise to all manner of creative...

In a Pandemic, We’re All ‘Transit Dependent’

As health authorities tell us to stay at home and to maintain a six-foot distance from one another, public transit ridership has understandably collapsed....

The Geography of Coronavirus

The Covid-19 pandemic rages around the world, hitting cities in Asia, Europe and the U.S. in waves: first Wuhan, then Milan and Madrid, and...

Mapping How Cities Are Reclaiming Street Space

Updated: 2020-04-06 Editor’s Note: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the end of the city’s temporary pedestrian streets program on April 5,...

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