A Little More Remote Work Could Change Rush Hour a Lot

Peak commute time has long ruled our lives, our cities, our tax dollars. But it doesn’t have to.

#commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #roads-and-traffic, #telecommuting

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N.Y.C.’s Subway Musicians Return to M.T.A. Platforms

After 14 months away, authorized performers returned to train platforms to play for a reduced ridership.

#commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #music, #new-york-city, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #street-performers, #subways, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #transit-systems

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House Hunters Are Leaving the City, and Builders Can’t Keep Up

For years, people most wanted to live in places where it was the hardest to build. Now, with a rise in remote work, exurban areas look more appealing.

#building-construction, #central-valley-calif, #commuting, #labor-and-jobs, #millennial-generation, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #telecommuting

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New York City Traffic is Back,According to Reporters

In New York City, traffic has roared back to nearly prepandemic levels; perhaps no one has a better front-row seat than traffic reporters.

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E-Bikes Can Provide a Good Workout

Pedal-assisted electric bikes provided a faster and more “fun” commute while raising breathing and heart rates enough to contribute to fitness.

#american-college-of-sports-medicine, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #commuting, #content-type-service, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #exercise

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No Scrum for Seats. No Quiet-Car Brawls. Is This Really My Commute?

The pandemic has made New Jersey Transit unrecognizable.

#commuting, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-transit, #railroads, #transit-systems

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We Need an Infrastructure Package for Nature

The long-term needs of ecosystems should come before our knee-jerk demands to get back to life.

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If You Build It, They Will Bike: Pop-Up Lanes Increased Cycling During Pandemic

A study of European cities adds to a growing body of evidence that investments in cycling infrastructure can encourage bike commuting, which helps cut greenhouse gas emissions.

#air-pollution, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #medicine-and-health, #research, #urban-areas

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They Set Aside Money for Their Commutes. Now They Can’t Get It Back.

Many people working from home or out of a job can’t access the hundreds of dollars deducted from their paychecks for transit expenses. “I’m unhappy because it’s a lot of money,” one woman said.

#commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #employee-fringe-benefits, #long-island-rail-road-co, #new-york-city, #new-york-university, #society-for-human-resource-management, #transit-systems

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The Pandemic and the Future City

Lessons from Alexander Hamilton and the book trade.

#business-travel, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-books-and-readers, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Biden Stimulus Package Helps Mass Transit Avoid Doomsday Cuts

President Biden’s sweeping stimulus package includes the largest single infusion of federal aid that public transportation has ever received, allowing agencies to scrap plans for draconian cuts.

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‘Notorious’ Port Authority Bus Terminal May Get a $10 Billion Overhaul

After years of study and debate, there is finally a proposal to rebuild the Midtown Manhattan eyesore from the ground up.

#airports, #buses, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depaul-university, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #port-authority-bus-terminal-manhattan-ny, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #transit-systems, #transportation

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Moynihan Train Hall Brings Art to Penn Station

The expansion of Penn Station’s concourse has an acre of glass that lets the sun pour down, and installations by Kehinde Wiley, Stan Douglas and Elmgreen & Dragset. Here’s a first look.

#art, #baume-nicholas, #commuting, #cuomo-andrew-m, #douglas-stan, #dragset-ingar, #elmgreen-michael, #farley-james-a-general-post-office-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #new-york-city, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restoration-and-renovation, #wiley-kehinde

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‘Existential Peril’: Mass Transit Faces Huge Service Cuts Across U.S.

Reeling from the pandemic, transit agencies are grappling with drastic reductions in ridership and pleading for help from Washington.

#american-public-transportation-assn, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #foye-patrick-j, #massachusetts-bay-transportation-authority, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #schumer-charles-e, #stimulus-economic, #subways, #transit-systems, #tri-state-transportation-campaign

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Crowded Subways? Yes, in Neighborhoods Where People Have to Go to Work

Even as Manhattan stations remain eerily empty, a surge of commuters in other boroughs has pushed overall ridership to 30 percent of normal levels.

#commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #manhattan-institute, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #stimulus-economic, #subways, #tri-state-transportation-campaign

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Why Women Are Biking in Record Numbers in N.Y.C.

When the pandemic hit, draining streets of traffic, more women began using the city’s bike-share program.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #citi-bike, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-york-city, #new-york-university, #strava-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-alternatives, #trottenberg-polly, #women-and-girls

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Uber for Business introduces a couple of commuting options to get to the office during the pandemic

Uber for Business, the business side of the consumer ride sharing service, has typically focused on helping companies track their Uber expenses, but during a pandemic needs have changed. It’s no longer about getting employees to and from the airport or shuttling an important client from the hotel to the office, it’s about getting essential personnel to the office safely, and to that end, Uber introduced a couple of new business commuting options today.

“Uber for Business is really about how we allow organizations of all shapes and sizes around the world to leverage the great consumer technology that Uber makes available, for business purposes,” Ronnie Gurion, global head at Uber for Business told TechCrunch.

While the business side of the house helps employees charge business-related Uber rides to their employers, it can now help them choose a couple of commuting options beyond the standard ride sharing everyone has access to, regardless of who is paying the bill.

For starters, the company is introducing Employee Group Rides. Group might be an overstatement, since it involves two employees in the same area sharing an Uber for the purpose of getting to or from work. It works in a similar fashion to the way Uber Pool worked, except it only involves matching employees at the same company.

In terms of safety, Gurion says that Ubers sees this as a ‘transit bubble’ with employees who are working together anyway willing to share a car together. “We’re seeing that companies are finding this option to be more attractive because they are comfortable putting more than one person in the same office in the same car, when they’re going to be in the same office together anyway, once they get to the office. So, it makes things a little more socially distant or creates a social transit bubble, so to speak, to get people to and from the office,” he explained.

Uber Business Charter in Uber app

Image Credits: Uber

The second option is called Business Charter and this involves Uber connecting the customer to a third-party fleet partner, who can pick up multiple employees and bring them to the office.

“A company can come and create a commute program with Uber across sedans, SUVs, vans and buses, and based on the employee base and commuting data, it might order 20 sedans and X number of our [larger] vehicles, and decide how to deploy them — and we can do that, and those vehicles will only accept rides from that employer,” Gurion said.

As for commuting during the pandemic, Gurion points out that these programs are being introduced in the EMEA, APAC and North American regions for starters, and that each of these geographies is in different places in terms of COVID. “Not every market looks like the US. There are a wide range of situations, but core safety issues are relevant everywhere,” he said.

While Uber has instituted a safety program to help ensure both drivers and passengers are wearing masks, and have devoted $50 million to providing cleaning supplies to drivers, they don’t have a formal testing program for drivers in place, Gurion said. How comfortable employees are with these arrangements will likely depend on individual preferences.

In addition to these commuting options, Uber for Business also offers Uber Eats for Business, a food delivery service geared for business users and Uber Direct, a package delivery platform.

#automotive, #commuting, #covid-19, #enterprise, #ride-sharing, #uber

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As Some New Yorkers Flee, Others Move Closer to the Office

For workers who are required to be on-site, fear of public transportation has spurred a wave of demand for homes within walking distance of their jobs.

#carnegie-hill-manhattan-ny, #citi-bike, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #subways, #transit-systems

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With ‘Nobody Going to Work,’ Private Bus Companies Are Worried About the Future

One company has suspended all operations for the first time in 150 years. Others have drastically reduced service and are pleading for financial help from the federal government.

#amalgamated-transit-union, #buses, #coach-usa, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #lakeland-bus-lines, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-transit, #new-york-city, #new-york-metropolitan-area, #shutdowns-institutional, #transit-systems, #transportation

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Is the Subway Risky? It May Be Safer Than You Think

New studies in Europe and Asia suggest that riding public transportation is not a major source of transmission for the coronavirus.

#buses, #commuting, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #foye-patrick-j, #marr-linsey, #masks, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems, #tri-state-transportation-campaign

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The Coronavirus Could Destroy Mass Transit. Federal Aid Can Help.

Reviving subway and bus services helped bring back cities before. It can do so again.

#buses, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #subways, #transit-systems, #united-states-economy

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‘Corona Cycleways’ Become the New Post-Confinement Commute

As European cities emerge from quarantines, bicycles are playing a central role in getting the work force moving again.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #europe, #labor-and-jobs, #paris-france, #transit-systems, #urban-areas

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Inside the Newly Spotless Subway: ‘I’ve Never Seen It Like This’

The experience of taking the subway in New York City transformed during the pandemic. Even as riders trickle back, their commutes may have a distinctly different feel.

#commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #masks, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems

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Returning to Work on the Subway? Here’s What You Need to Know.

As riders prepare to start riding the trains again during New York City’s initial reopening, the safety of public transit is a big question.

#buses, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #harvard-university, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #masks, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #new-york-university, #subways, #transit-systems, #yale-university

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Can 8 Million Daily Riders Be Lured Back to N.Y. Mass Transit?

Officials fear disastrous gridlock if people turn to cars because they remain concerned about getting the coronavirus on the subway and other public transit.

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More Trouble Ahead for N.J. Commuters

Amtrak’s plan to repair its century-old Hudson River tunnels could mean big delays.

#amtrak, #archive-of-contemporary-music, #archives-and-records, #bridges-and-tunnels, #commuting, #george-bob, #music, #new-jersey-transit, #new-york-city, #railroads, #transit-systems

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