Help! We’re Going to Europe and Haven’t a Clue Which Masks to Pack.

Mask mandates exist to varying degrees throughout Europe, and the details — inside, outside, fabric, N95 and more — are dizzying.

#air-france, #airlines-and-airplanes, #austria, #content-type-service, #czech-republic, #france, #germany, #masks, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #transit-systems, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

Nick Cave Digs Deep, With a Symphony in Glass

For his new installation of mosaics in New York, the artist ventures below Times Square.

#art, #cave-nick-1959, #content-type-personal-profile, #mayer-michael, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #sculpture, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #transit-systems

Here’s What Train Service Looks Like in NY After Ida’s Damaging Floods

The majority of the city’s subway lines had delays Friday morning, while the area’s airports appeared to be running smoothly.

#airports, #amtrak, #buses, #delays-transportation, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #long-island-rail-road-co, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey-transit, #new-york-city, #railroads, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #subways, #transit-systems

Kolkata’s ‘Fairy Tale’ Trams, Once Essential, Are Now a Neglected Relic

The few riders left say the 140-year-old system makes sense for a city of 15 million struggling with pollution and overcrowding. But many trips now are more nostalgic than necessary.

#cable-cars-and-trams, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #india, #kolkata-india, #transit-systems

New York City Shuts Train Service as Ida Barrels Through Region

About 200 people were rescued from a train near Newark Airport on Wednesday night as heavy rains and flooding shut down major train routes.

#delays-transportation, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #long-island-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey-transit, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #new-york-metropolitan-area, #newark-liberty-international-airport-nj, #subways, #transit-systems

Lights Flickered in New York City. Why Did the Subways Grind to a Halt?

Elected officials wanted to know why a brief power disruption was followed by widespread problems in the subway system.

#consolidated-edison-inc, #delays-transportation, #energy-and-power, #hochul-kathleen-c, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #subways, #transit-systems

Coronavirus in UK: Britons, Unfazed by High Covid Rates, Weigh Their ‘Price of Freedom’

Britain is reporting more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases a day, but the public seems to have moved on. Experts say this could be a glimpse into the future for other countries.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #khan-sadiq, #national-health-service, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #subways, #transit-systems, #vaccination-and-immunization

Commuter Trains Have Kept Rolling. Will All Those Riders Ever Return?

Transit agencies in the New York City region are having to reinvent their railroads to adapt to the shift away from going to the office every day.

#commuting, #connecticut, #coronavirus-reopenings, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #long-island-rail-road-co, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #transit-systems

Britons, Unfazed by High Covid Rates, Weigh Their ‘Price of Freedom’

Britain is reporting more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases a day, but the public seems to have moved on. Experts say this could be a glimpse into the future for other countries.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #khan-sadiq, #national-health-service, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #subways, #transit-systems, #vaccination-and-immunization

Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

The approval came after months of negotiations and despite deficit concerns, reflecting an appetite in both parties for the long-awaited spending package.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #bridges-and-tunnels, #democratic-party, #federal-budget-us, #federal-taxes-us, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #senate, #transit-systems, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water-pollution

Covid Delta Variant Safety: Your Questions Answered

The rise of the Delta variant of the coronavirus has raised new questions about how the vaccinated can stay safe and avoid breakthrough infections. We asked the experts for advice.

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$2.1 Billion AirTrain to La Guardia Gets Green Light from U.S.

The approval, a victory for Gov. Cuomo, comes over the objections of environmentalists and elected officials and clears way for construction.

#airports, #cotton-rick, #cuomo-andrew-m, #federal-aviation-administration, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #transit-systems, #transportation

Heavy Rains Pound New York City, Flooding Subway Stations and Roads

More than a dozen people were rescued from a flooded highway in the Bronx, and more rain was expected overnight as Tropical Storm Elsa hit.

#floods, #hurricane-elsa-2021, #major-deegan-expressway-bronx-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #rain, #roads-and-traffic, #subways, #transit-systems, #weather

The L.I.R.R. Only Works If Long Island Gets Affordable Housing

To justify its big investment in the L.I.R.R., New York needs to force Long Island communities to make room for more housing.

#affordable-housing, #income-inequality, #long-island-ny, #long-island-rail-road-co, #nassau-county-ny, #new-york-state, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #transit-systems, #zoning

Bipartisan Deal Would Only Meet Some of Nation’s Infrastructure Needs

Experts say the details of the spending will matter — and that, in some areas, more money will be needed to fix beleaguered roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #democratic-party, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #infrastructure-public-works, #republican-party, #transit-systems, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Yellow Cabs and Subways: Everything Old Is New Again

Fewer taxis are on the streets, but for many New Yorkers, cabs and subways are inspiring a nostalgic (and budget-conscious) fervor.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-city, #taxi-and-limousine-commission, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #transit-systems, #uber-technologies-inc

Lawmakers Balk at Cuomo’s Plan for M.T.A. Leadership

Sarah Feinberg’s potential role leading the nation’s largest transit system appeared uncertain a day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced it.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #cuomo-andrew-m, #feinberg-sarah-1977, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #ravitch-richard, #state-legislatures, #transit-systems

In Rebuke to Cuomo, Lawmakers Balk at His Plans for M.T.A. Leadership

Sarah Feinberg’s potential role leading the nation’s largest transit system appeared uncertain a day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced it.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #cuomo-andrew-m, #feinberg-sarah-1977, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #ravitch-richard, #state-legislatures, #transit-systems

Sarah Feinberg Will Be Nominated to Run M.T.A.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will nominate Ms. Feinberg, a close ally, to oversee the largest transit system in North America.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #foye-patrick-j, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #subways, #transit-systems

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

The M.T.A. Is Breached by Hackers as Cyberattacks Surge

Hackers with suspected ties to China penetrated the New York transit agency’s computer systems in April, an M.T.A. document shows. Transit officials say the intrusion did not pose a risk to riders.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #fireeye-inc, #infrastructure-public-works, #mandiant-corp, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems

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.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #memorial-day, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #news-and-news-media, #ny1, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transit-systems, #transportation-department-nyc

Republicans Present $928 Billion Counteroffer to Biden on Infrastructure

The plan’s total price tag came close to what the president has said he would consider, but it included only a fraction of the new spending he has requested. A compromise faces long odds.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #barrasso-john, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capito-shelley-moore, #environment-and-public-works-committee, #federal-budget-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #manchin-joe-iii, #sanders-bernard, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #transit-systems, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wicker-roger

Will New York City Finally Have a Bus Mayor?

Eight leading mayoral candidates share their ideas and plans for improving public transit.

#adams-eric-l, #buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #mcguire-raymond-j, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #stringer-scott-m, #transit-systems, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

Subway Swabbers Find a Microbe Jungle — And Thousands of New Species

A team of international researchers has assembled an atlas of microorganisms present in 60 cities around the world.

#bacteria, #cell-journal, #drug-resistance-microbial, #geography, #microbiology, #subways, #transit-systems, #your-feed-science

It’s ‘Showtime’ Again on the New York Subway

Our photographer has been riding the subway all year, talking to train conductors, students, tourists and more to see how New Yorkers are living their lives underground.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #subways, #transit-systems

Is New York’s MTA Subway Safe? Many Riders Say No.

City officials cite lower subway crime numbers, but a spate of random attacks has unnerved riders.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #riders-alliance, #subways, #transit-systems, #wylde-kathryn-s

New York’s Subway Returns to 24 Hours Full Service

M.T.A. officials restored round-the-clock trains more than a year after the system was closed during overnight hours for cleaning.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #subways, #transit-systems

‘It’ll Get Better’: Chaplains Play Essential Role for Transit Workers

Metropolitan Transportation Authority chaplains have long provided counseling to workers, a role that is even more important during the pandemic.

#chaplains, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #transit-systems

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

Years of Unheeded Warnings. Then the Subway Crash Mexico City Had Feared.

Mexico City’s subway system has been plagued with problems for years. On Monday, an overpass collapsed, and the newest subway line plunged some 50 feet, killing at least 24 people and setting off a political firestorm.

#institutional-revolutionary-party-mexico, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico-city-mexico, #mexico-city-train-crash-may-2021, #sheinbaum-claudia, #subways, #transit-systems

To Promote His Infrastructure Plan, Biden Revisits ‘Amtrak Joe’ Days

Mr. Biden’s visit to a Philadelphia Amtrak station is a message that his agenda includes plenty of money for traditional projects like railroads, bridges and tunnels.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #amtrak, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #house-of-representatives, #infrastructure-public-works, #senate, #transit-systems, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#animals, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birds, #commuting, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #flowers-and-plants, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #long-island-ny, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems, #united-states

You Can Hear the Whistle Blow a Hundred Miles

Just the possibility of riding trains again has me humming folk songs.

#folk-music, #infrastructure-public-works, #railroads, #transit-systems

America Favors Cars Over Public Transit. Can Biden Change That?

The president’s infrastructure plan tries to break from the past by shifting spending away from new roads and toward public transit. It won’t be easy.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #amtrak, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-highway-administration, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems

Biden Wants to Spend Billions to Fight Climate Change. It’s Not Enough.

His plan is too big to pass, and too small to work.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #stimulus-economic, #transit-systems, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Old Tunnels and Rusting Bridges: America’s Creaking Infrastructure

The Biden administration has pledged a $2 trillion investment in the nation’s infrastructure. With century-old water systems and schools vulnerable to earthquakes, there is no shortage of need.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #earthquakes, #floods, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

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

What the ‘Invisible’ People Cleaning the Subway Want Riders to Know

Contract workers hired to help disinfect the New York City subway during the pandemic are asking the M.T.A. to support a job they say goes far beyond wiping down poles.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foye-patrick-j, #gonzalez-rojas-jessica-1976, #labor-and-jobs, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #subways, #transit-systems, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Riders Are Abandoning Buses and Trains. That’s a Problem for Climate Change.

Public transit offers a simple way for cities to lower greenhouse gas emissions, but the pandemic has pushed ridership, and revenue, off a cliff in many big systems.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #transit-systems, #urban-areas

Why Riders Abandoning Buses and Trains is a Problem for Climate Change

Public transit offers a simple way for cities to lower greenhouse gas emissions, but the pandemic has pushed ridership, and revenue, off a cliff in many big systems.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #transit-systems, #urban-areas

Will Lagging Ridership Cloud the Future of Public Transit?

New York City’s system depends on revenue from fares, but it could take years for riders to fully return to subways, trains and buses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #flowers-and-plants, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #subways, #transit-systems

We Need Buses, Buses Everywhere

Better service would improve millions of Americans’ lives.

#buses, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems, #urban-areas

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.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #citizens-budget-commission, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #foye-patrick-j, #infrastructure-public-works, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #schumer-charles-e, #subways, #transit-systems, #transportation, #transportation-department-us, #united-states, #wylde-kathryn-s

Farther, Faster and No Sweat: Bike-Sharing and the E-Bike Boom

Social-distancing, sustainability and accessibility helped accelerate e-biking during the pandemic, and the trend is showing up in urban bike-sharing programs.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #transit-systems, #travel-and-vacations

The City Where Cars Are Not Welcome

As automakers promise to get rid of internal combustion engines, Heidelberg is trying to get rid of autos.

#austin-tex, #automobiles, #batteries, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #bloomberg-michael-r, #buses, #c40-cities-climate-leadership-group, #copenhagen-denmark, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #energy-efficiency, #europe, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #germany, #heidelberg-germany, #hydrogen, #international-council-on-clean-transportation, #jaguar-land-rover, #mercedes-benz, #oslo-norway, #portland-ore, #real-estate-commercial, #reckitt-benckiser, #roads-and-traffic, #rotterdam-netherlands, #sap-ag, #stockholm-sweden, #transit-systems, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #university-of-heidelberg, #wurzner-eckart

Elizabeth R. Duff, First Woman to Drive a Nashville City Bus, Dies at 72

A Black woman, Mrs. Duff broke gender and race barriers. She died of Covid-19.

#black-people, #buses, #chauffeurs-and-drivers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #duff-elizabeth-r-1949-2021, #nashville-tenn, #transit-systems, #women-and-girls

The Outlook for Public Transit in N.Y.C.

Transit officials announced that major cuts to service would be avoided through 2022. But the agency still faces a substantial deficit over the next four years.

#buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drive-in-theaters, #new-york-city, #transit-systems

N.Y.C. Staves Off Cuts to Public Transit, Despite Dire Warnings

Transit officials are expected to announce on Thursday that they will not slash bus or subway service through 2022.

#citizens-budget-commission, #congestion-pricing, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #manhattan-institute, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #reinvent-albany, #subways, #transit-systems

5 Things N.Y.C. Wants From Biden to Transform Transportation

Transit agencies pummeled by the pandemic are pushing the new administration to fund projects stalled in the Trump years.

#airports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #congestion-pricing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cotton-rick, #cuomo-andrew-m, #foye-patrick-j, #hudson-river-tunnels-project, #infrastructure-public-works, #laguardia-airport-queens-ny, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey-transit, #new-york-building-congress, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #railroads, #regional-plan-assn, #schumer-charles-e, #second-avenue-subway-nyc, #subways, #transit-systems, #transportation