$2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Is Signed Into Law - New York Times

President Trump on Friday signed a sweeping $2 trillion measure to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, but not before a late objection from a lone rank-and-file Republican forced hundreds of lawmakers to rush back to the capital even as the virus continued to spread through their ranks. The move by Representative Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky, accomplished an extraordinary feat, uniting President Trump and John Kerry, the former Democratic secretary of state and presidential candidate, in a bipartisan moment of outrage against a lawmaker who wanted to force the whole House to take a formal roll-call vote. House Democrats and Republicans teamed up to bring just enough lawmakers back

Regional Rail Service Plan for COVID-19 - SEPTA

SEPTA will reduce Regional Rail to an "Essential Service Schedule" starting on Sunday, March 29. This follows previous Regional Rail schedule adjustments implemented last week aimed at providing essential service during the COVID-19 crisis. Service on Transit modes, including buses, subways and trolleys, will continue to operate on reduced Saturday schedules. Based on sharp ridership reductions of 94 percent on Regional Rail this week, the Essential Service Schedule will allow SEPTA to continue to provide service for those who need to travel. It also allows SEPTA to follow stepped-up cleaning protocols aimed at providing a safe and healthy environment for customers and employees. Regional R

A Green Stimulus Plan for a Post-Coronavirus Economy - CityLab

A group of U.S. economists, academics and policy makers say the Covid-19 pandemic is an opportunity to fix the economy — and the planet — for the long term. If we’re going to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, then let’s do it in a way that shakes up the status quo. This is the message that a group of U.S. economists, professors, and veterans of the last financial crisis sent in a letter to Congress yesterday asking for “green stimulus” legislation to jump-start the economy in a way that controls for climate change and poverty. They are asking for a $2 trillion commitment for programs that will create living-wage jobs, amped-up public health and housing sectors, and a pivot away from a f

10 Tips From CEOs on Working From Home Effectively and Happily - Entrepreneur

According to Paul Statham, CEO at Condeco Software, “Coronavirus is accelerating working from home, a trend that was already happening in many businesses and organizations. According to our Modern Workplace 2019 report, 41 percent of employers now offer some form of remote working, and we expect that figure to be even higher in our next report due to be released in April.” Statham continues, “New technology has enabled companies to offer employees this flexibility and that means that even in the midst of a global crisis, businesses can carry on productively with limited impact in a secure and collaborative way. Threats to business come from many areas but those companies that are using techn

Philly sees boom in cyclists, 471% increase on Kelly Drive Trail during coronavirus restrictions - P

Philadelphia cyclists are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in jaw-dropping numbers, hitting the Kelly Drive Trail by an increase of 471% since the beginning of March compared to the same period last year, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia said Friday. With tightening restrictions throughout the city and large parts of the county, it seems many Philly residents are practicing social distancing on their bikes. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Planning Commission maintains automated counters on Circuit Trails around the region. While this year's mild winter played a role in the greater number of cyclists even before the arrival of COVID-19, it's clear that the current cri

SEPTA to reduce service; tells passengers to stay off unless ‘absolutely’ necessary - WHYY

SEPTA is putting trains, subways and buses on a reduced Saturday schedule starting Sunday, March 22. All transit, including the Norristown High Speed Line, will run less frequently. The approximately 25% reduction in services will include 24-hour subway service to ensure smooth commutes to area hospitals and other essential workplaces. “We’re doing everything we can to keep things running for essential workers,” said SEPTA spokesperson Andrew Busch. But “anybody who absolutely does not need to travel right now, should not be on the system.” SEPTA ridership dropped across the system by about 60% on Wednesday — with an 80% decrease on the Regional Rail lines — as the region continued to shut d

How to Ride Safely Amid Coronavirus Concerns - Bicycling

While the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, causing bike races—and many other large events—to be postponed and canceled, you might be wondering what you should do for your own personal health and how this could affect your training. We tapped David Nieman, Dr.PH., health professor at Appalachian State University and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus, and Brian Labus, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to help answer cyclists’ most frequently asked questions. Is it safe to ride outside? Yes—in fact, it’s safer to be outside than inside when it comes to disease transmission. Whe

SEPTA adjusts Regional Rail schedules amid coronavirus, offers some refunds for riders - Philadelphi

SEPTA is adjusting weekday Regional Rail schedules and offering refund options for some riders, the transportation authority announced Monday. A severe weather service plan will be in effect for two weeks, beginning Tuesday, “to accommodate changing ridership levels.” Credits will be extended for valid unused and partially used passes. PATCO is also making changes to its weekday service beginning Tuesday “in response to coordinated efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19,” according to the High-Speed Line website. SEPTA riders with March monthly passes and March 9 and 16 weekly passes on Key cards can contact the SEPTA Key Call Center at 1-855-567-3782. A prorated refund will be added to ride

7 ways to make working from home easier during the coronavirus pandemic - Fortune

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is forcing many employers to send workers home. Apple, Facebook, Alphabet and even Fortune are closing offices out of an abundance of caution to prevent the spread of the virus and protect their employees. That’s creating a new swath of telecommuters, many of whom have never worked from home for an extensive period. That's not as bad as you think—but it’s not the life of luxury you might be envisioning either. Good news first: You’re likely going to get a lot more done. A 2019 Harvard University study found that people who are given the freedom to “work from anywhere” were 4.4% more productive than those who have more rigid workplace requirements. The adjus

Update on COVID-19 - SEPTA

Following Governor Wolf's announcement concerning the situation with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, effective Friday, March 13, 2020 the SEPTA Key Senior & Reduced Fare Card processing programs at 1234 Market Street, Concourse Level and the Accessible Travel Center at Suburban Station will be closed until further notice. Please continue to check for updates Status As the health professionals predicted, the number of individuals in the US infected with the virus continues to grow. In addition to other states in the country, there are now confirmed cases in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. For up to date status of the COVID-19 situation, continue to follow the Federal, State and Loc

What Happened After Market Street Went Car-Free - CityLab

Less than two months after San Francisco’s Market Street went mostly car-free, the central downtown artery is palpably calmer. While freight deliveries, fire trucks, buses and streetcars are still trundling along the vehicle lanes, navigating by bike, scooter or foot feels far less death-defying now that clots of private autos and ride-hailing vehicles are no longer allowed to vie for space among them. And commuters are responding accordingly. For example, the average number of dockless scooter trips provided by one company, Spin, shot up by 30 percent after the car ban went into effect, according to an analysis by Populus, a mobility data startup that works with the company. “Street design

Indego experiencing ridership bump in a warm, weird winter - WHYY

While coronavirus has city agencies on high alert and panicked people emptying shelves of hand sanitizer, Philadelphia’s bike-share program is riding high. Indego clocked 14,000 rides during the first nine days of March, that’s close to twice the number from 2019. The numbers continue a hot streak for Indego. Ridership set a record with more than 86,000 rides for the January and February months. Last year those numbers were around 63,000. This year beat out the record high set in 2017 at 81,000. Aaron Ritz, transportation programs manager for the city’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability, attributes the jump in ridership to the unseasonably temperate weather. “I thi

Philadelphia is the third most congested city in the U.S. - Metro

A new study from INRIX, Inc., a world leader in transportation analytics and connected car services, revealed the most congested cities and corridors in the world. The 2019 Global Traffic Scorecard study showed trends for over 900 cities across 43 countries. For the United States, the study showed that Americans lost about 99 hours a year due to congestion, which costs about $88 billion in 2019; this is an average of $1,377 per year. Although those were average numbers, many cities across the United States topped the 99 hours. The three cities that topped the list as the most congested in the United States are Boston, followed by Chicago, and rounding out the top three is Philadelphia. The t

Expanding highways and building more roads actually makes traffic worse - Curbed

It’s a great time to be a road builder in the United States, and a terrible time to be a road user. If it feels like you’re perennially stuck in traffic due to road construction, you’re not wrong, and you’re not alone, according to a new report by Transportation for America. The nation’s largest 100 urban areas added 30,511 new lane-miles of roads between 1993 and 2017, according to the report, a 42 percent increase (and a trend that shows no signs of slowing down). For perspective, that’s higher than population growth, which was 32 percent in those metros over the same time period. That’s not all that grew: traffic congestion, as measured in annual hours of delay, actually rose during those

E Is For Environment: Unpacking The Benefits Of E-Scooters - Forbes

Are shared e-scooters good or bad for cities and the climate? Do they reduce congestion and pollution, or not? In figuring out which side of the argument to take, the public, cities, and the media often miss the broader point—the answer is largely up to us. With the right supporting action by cities, these small-wheeled electric vehicles can provide more convenient, enjoyable, and efficient ways of making short trips, reclaim public space for bikes, and increase the value and use of public transit. To achieve these gains, and more, it will be up to all of us to better understand the factors and levers to unlock the benefits of e-scooters. In this article we explore the climate impact of e-sc

Americans spend over 15% of their budgets on transportation costs—these US cities are trying to make

Americans are spending more time — and money — commuting than ever before. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American spends 25.9 minutes a day traveling to work one way — that adds up to just over four hours every week spent in transit for work. They’re spending around 15.9% of their typical budgets on transportation costs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and married couples with children spend closer to 17.1%. And as more Americans migrate to larger cities, public transportation use is up. Since 1997, public transportation ridership has increased by 21%. These are just some of the reasons why advocates across the country are starting to call for free public tran

SEPTA’s tap-to-exit program to expand to 30th Street Station on Wednesday - PhillyVoice

SEPTA’s tap-to-exit program is scheduled to expand to 30th Street Station on Wednesday, making the initiative available at every Regional Rail station in Center City, the transit agency announced. Riders with Key Cards, senior citizen passes, and magnetic stripe passes who get off at 30th Street Station will now be able to tap or swipe to exit at a small number of designated turnstiles in the station. Travelers will not be required to swipe or tap out at this point in the program, as customers who use paper tickets or cash can continue to use turnstiles that are not designated for the tap-to-exit initiative. However, SEPTA is encouraging riders to give it a try and get more familiar with the

Public transport will now be free in Luxembourg - Fast Company

If you board a train, streetcar, or bus in Luxembourg, beginning on March 1, you’ll no longer pay a fare. The country is among the first to pioneer fully free public transit. The move aims to help reduce inequality—even though the tiny country is known for its wealth, poverty is increasing. “The objective is to stop the deepening gap between rich and poor,” the country’s mobility and public works minister, François Bausch, told the BBC shortly after the plan was first announced. “For people on low wages, transport expenses matter. Therefore it is easier to make it free for everyone.” The fares were already relatively inexpensive: a single ticket between any two points in the country cost 2 e

Board approves $173 billion metro Atlanta road and transit plan - AJC

Metro Atlanta would spend nearly $173 billion over the next 30 years to address traffic and transportation problems under a plan the Atlanta Regional Commission Board approved Wednesday. The commission’s plan calls for major highway expansion projects such as toll lanes on the top half of the Perimeter. It includes new transit lines such as commuter rail to Clayton County, the Clifton Corridor light rail line in Atlanta and a bus rapid transit line along I-85 in Gwinnett County. And billions of dollars would fund smaller initiatives, such as new bike paths and programs to encourage carpooling. Despite those efforts, traffic is still expected to get worse in coming decades as the region adds


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