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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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We Need Buses, Buses Everywhere

Better service would improve millions of Americans’ lives.

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

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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.

#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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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An Overnight Refuge for Homeless New Yorkers, Lost to the Pandemic

The city’s homeless population has faced a particularly brutal winter as coronavirus restrictions have kept the subway and other indoor public spaces closed.

#banks-steven, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #subways, #transit-systems

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For Buttigieg, ‘Generational’ Transportation Change May Not Be Easy, Experts Say

The new secretary has stirred excitement among transportation experts, but they warn that deep institutional change is likely to remain difficult.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #infrastructure-public-works, #transit-systems, #transportation, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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What You Need to Know About the NYC Snowstorm Today

In all, 18 inches could accumulate, and wind gusts could reach 50 miles per hour. Officials advise that people stay inside and avoid travel.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-and-snowstorms, #transit-systems, #weather

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Major Snowstorm Hits New York City

In all, 18 inches could accumulate, and wind gusts could reach 50 miles per hour. Officials advise that people stay inside and avoid travel.

#coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-and-snowstorms, #transit-systems, #weather

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New Yorkers Can’t Find Parking. For Bikes.

The uptick in cycling during the pandemic has shined a light on the problem.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #citi-bike, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foye-patrick-j, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #smith-tracy-k, #transit-systems

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In Rural Montana, a Hope That Biden Will Reopen the Rails

The North Coast Hiawatha hasn’t run through Montana since 1979. Now cities like Billings, Bozeman, Helena and Missoula are hoping that “Amtrak Joe” will help fund new rail service.

#amtrak, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #montana, #railroads, #rural-areas, #transit-systems

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The Plan to Rebuild the Port Authority Bus Terminal

The proposed changes could take a decade, but officials hope to transform the loathed building into a 21st-century transit hub.

#buses, #cotton-rick, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #oliver-john, #port-authority-bus-terminal-manhattan-ny, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #transit-systems

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Buttigieg’s Climate Promises: What Could He Actually Do?

The Transportation Department, which holds sway over planes, trains and automobiles, faces limits on how it spends money. Still, here are five possible steps.

#air-pollution, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #automobiles, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #environment, #federal-aid-us, #fuel-efficiency, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems, #transportation, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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Keep the Trains and Buses Running

Public transit systems urgently need more public funding so they can continue to provide an important public service.

#bay-area-rapid-transit, #buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems, #washington-metropolitan-area-transit-authority

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N.Y.C. Is Days Away From Running Out of Covid Vaccines

“We will have literally nothing left to give as of Friday,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. The next shipment is expected on Tuesday. 

#art, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #rodriguez-devon-1996, #tiktok-bytedance, #transit-systems, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Paris by Bike

Pedaling across the Seine on a sunny day is a peak experience. How did the City of Light become a city of cycles?

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cycling-road, #france, #hidalgo-anne-1959, #paris-france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seine-river-france, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transit-systems

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The Biggest Snowstorm in Years Blanketed New York

Some pockets of New York City saw nearly a foot of snow. Upstate, some towns saw more than three feet of snowfall.

#a-christmas-carol-play, #new-york-city, #snow-and-snowstorms, #transit-systems, #weather

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Counting on Biden, M.T.A. Shifts From Doomsday Budget to a Wishful One

New York’s transportation agency is expected to pass a stopgap budget that omits the draconian cuts transit officials have threatened in recent months.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #citizens-budget-commission, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #foye-patrick-j, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #reinvent-albany, #riders-alliance, #subways, #transit-systems

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Bicycling Surges in Manila Amid Covid-19 Lockdowns

City dwellers around the world turned to bicycles as the pandemic forced urban areas to restrict public transit. In the crowded Philippine capital, that meant weaving through notoriously bad traffic.

#accidents-and-safety, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #manila-philippines, #philippines, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems

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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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MTA Worker Accused of Overtime Fraud Made $461,000 in One Year

Five transit employees put in claims for ‘almost physically impossible’ shifts, a prosecutor said. That allowed them to outearn even New York’s governor.

#long-island-rail-road-co, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #strauss-audrey-attorney, #transit-systems

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What the M.T.A.’s ‘Doomsday’ Cuts Would Actually Look Like

The New York transit agency has threatened to slash subway and bus service by 40 percent if it doesn’t receive federal aid. What could really happen is a bit more complicated.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #citizens-budget-commission, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foye-patrick-j, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #subways, #transit-systems

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Arthur Imperatore, Founder of a Critical Ferry Service, Dies at 95

He steered New York Waterway through financial straits. He also reveled in moments of glory, notably when his boats rode to the rescue on Sept. 11, 2001.

#deaths-obituaries, #ferries, #imperatore-arthur-e-jr, #new-jersey, #ny-waterway, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #transit-systems

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‘I Am Shaken’: Spate of Violent Subway Attacks Unnerves Riders

Three riders were assaulted in the system over three days this week as reports of felony assaults, burglaries and homicides continue to climb.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #subways, #transit-systems

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The Perilous State of the Subways: 5 Takeaways

A doomsday plan could slash subway service by 40 percent, eliminate bus routes and cut jobs if the M.T.A. doesn’t get billions in federal aid.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #schumer-charles-e, #stimulus-economic, #subways, #transit-systems, #transit-workers-union, #transportation

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Subway Service Could Be Cut 40% if No Federal Aid Arrives

On Wednesday, transit officials announced some new details of proposed service cuts, including slashing weekend service and eliminating bus lines, to address its multibillion-dollar budget hole.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #foran-robert-e, #mckinseyco, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #stimulus-economic, #subways, #transit-systems, #transit-workers-union, #tri-state-transportation-campaign

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A Step Forward in the Promise of Ultrafast ‘Hyperloops’

Two employees of Virgin Hyperloop traveled on a small system the company has built near Las Vegas, the first such manned test.

#freight-cargo, #giegel-josh, #high-speed-rail-projects, #hyperloop, #hyperloop-technologies-inc, #transit-systems, #transportation, #virgin-group, #virgin-hyperloop-one-inc

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Businesses Underground Are Desperate. Even the Oyster Bar Can’t Survive.

Since March, 77 of the 321 retail businesses still operating in the subway system have permanently closed, according to the transit agency.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #grand-central-terminal-manhattan-ny, #ingber-sandy, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #record-mart, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #subways, #transit-systems

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M.T.A. Slashes in Service Could Erase 450,000 Jobs

A new report found that service cuts could cost the New York metropolitan area 450,000 jobs by 2022, resulting in $50 billion in lost earnings.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-metropolitan-area, #new-york-university, #subways, #transit-systems

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Finally, a Subway Map With Real-Time Train Locations and Delays

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s new digital map also includes updates on elevators and escalators that are out of service.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #maps, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #meyer-sarah, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #riders-alliance, #subways, #transit-systems

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Subways Are Less Busy and Less Safe

Violent crime has risen in the pandemic, as criminals may be emboldened if they’re targeting the only person on a car or platform.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #robberies-and-thefts, #sex-crimes, #subways, #transit-systems

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In Emptier Subways, Violent Crime Is Rising

Reports of homicides, rapes and burglaries are posing another challenge to regaining the confidence of passengers during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #police, #police-department-nyc, #robberies-and-thefts, #sex-crimes, #subways, #transit-systems, #vandalism

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White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation

The order would have mandated that both passengers and employees wear face coverings on planes, trains, buses and subways and in airports, stations and depots.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #masks, #redfield-robert-r, #transit-systems, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Help! I’d Like to Ride the Train. Is it Safe?

Our columnist finds that rail companies, both regional systems and Amtrak, are undertaking major coronavirus efforts. But they can’t thoroughly disinfect every seat in every train at every station.

#amtrak, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #george-washington-university, #long-island-rail-road-co, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #railroads, #southeastern-pennsylvania-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems, #travel-and-vacations

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Subway Derailment Injures 3, Officials Say

Three people had minor injuries after a northbound A train jumped the tracks at the 14th Street Station, officials said.

#a-train, #accidents-and-safety, #derailment, #manhattan-nyc, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #subways, #transit-systems

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When a Bus Driver Told a Rider to Wear a Mask, ‘He Knocked Me Out Cold’

More than 170 New York City transit workers have been harassed or assaulted for asking passengers to wear masks.

#buses, #community-service-society-of-new-york, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fines-penalties, #masks, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #police-department-nyc, #transit-systems, #transport-workers-union

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