There Is Little Evidence That Mass Transit Poses a Risk of Coronavirus Outbreaks - E&E News

A major drop in public transit use coincides with concerns about reducing air pollution that can exacerbate lung conditions. In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ben Fried made a difficult decision: He stopped riding New York City’s subway system. He was not alone. Ridership on the city’s notoriously packed commuter trains dropped 92% in mid-April, when New York emerged as an epicenter of the global health crisis. For Fried, the decision was especially tough because he serves as communications director for TransitCenter, an advocacy group that touts the environmental benefits of mass transit. But as the virus spread, those benefits were overshadowed by the risk of contagion in the e

SEPTA and other transit systems are in dire need of more coronavirus relief - The Philadelphia Inqui

As Congress negotiates the next big coronavirus relief package, it is clearer than ever that a sustained investment in Pennsylvania’s public transit systems, including SEPTA, is absolutely vital to our region’s recovery. Funding for public transit in Pennsylvania can be described best as a series of Band-Aid fixes with no long-term solutions. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, Pennsylvania’s transit funding mechanisms were already in a tenuous state. Now, with the financial and ridership impacts of the COVID-19 in full effect, SEPTA and other transit agencies across the commonwealth have bled millions of dollars a week and are on the road to ruin. On the state level, $450 million in annua

Pandemic Travel Patterns Hint at Our Urban Future - Bloomberg Citylab

A snapshot of global transportation data during six months of coronavirus reveals diverging paths for cities. From skies to streets to subways, the coronavirus pandemic has brought dramatic and unequal changes to the ways that global societies move. Travel demand plummeted as stay-at-home orders and economic shutdowns swept the world, creating conditions that varied by geography, job status, income, race, and other factors. These patterns reveal the deep socioeconomic inequalities built into the world’s cities, which have profoundly affected the pandemic’s uneven death toll to date. Now travel is bouncing back, even as coronavirus continues to claim lives and with further outbreaks likely to

Chester County Planning Commission Releases Interactive Circuit Trails Status Map

Trails are more important now than ever. In fact, due to COVID-19, many of Chester County’s trails have seen an increase in use over the past year, with some averaging more than fifty-percent. The Chester County Planning Commission helps to advance the Circuit Trail network, the Greater Philadelphia’s multi-use trail network, by conducting feasibility studies and providing ongoing support for trail development within municipalities throughout the county. Additionally, the Planning Commission actively tracks the status of the current Circuit Trail projects in and around Chester County in order to share information with the public and facilitate a unified trail network. As part of this ongoing

Construction Underway Linear Park - King of Prussia District

UPDATE 7/23/20: The asphalt binder for the multimodal path is down and concrete is getting poured this week and next week for bus shelter pads and curb walls. Areas along the path have been regraded with topsoil to improve stormwater management. Concrete foundations for the new pedestrian light poles have been installed every fifty feet and three new block walls have been constructed. With most of the ground bases and hard surfaces installed by the end of next week the contractor will prepare the areas for new hand rails and street furniture, including benches, trash cans, light poles, and bus shelters. Then, the final layer of asphalt will be installed on the binder course and constructio

Five Great Ways To Repurpose Parking Lots During the Pandemic - Streetsblog

If there’s one thing America definitely doesn’t need any more of, it’s parking lots — and during COVID-19, communities across the U.S. are seizing that under-utilized asphalt for pandemic-safe and equitable ways. As many urbanists debate the implications of re-allocating curb and lane space from drivers to other road users without a robust public process, there’s been virtually no conversation about the other vast swaths of asphalt our cities routinely dedicate to strong private cars: off-street lots, which comprise a sizable chunk of the roughly two billion parking spots the U.S. maintains for the storage just 250 million cars. That’s a bizarre omission, as many private and publicly owned p

PA Turnpike Approves 2021 Toll Increase, New TOLL BY PLATE Rates

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) today approved a six-percent toll increase for all E-ZPass rates systemwide and for PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE rates that had been established before last month’s permanent conversion to All-Electronic Tolling (AET) at these locations: Beaver Valley Expressway (I-376); Delaware River Bridge (NJ border); Gateway Toll Plaza (Ohio border); Greensburg Bypass (PA Turnpike 66); Keyser Ave. and Clarkes Summit Tolls (Northeastern Extension); and Southern Beltway (PA Turnpike 576). The increase — slated to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 3, 2021 — will enable the PTC to continue to maintain and operate its system and ensure safe travel for up to 500,000 dai

Half of Americans Want Drivers Who Drive More to Pay More - Streetsblog

And people who drive big, fuel inefficient cars should pay even more. Nearly half of Americans think it’s time to rethink how we fund our road infrastructure by switching from a federal gas tax — which theoretically rewards drivers for choosing greener cars, but doesn’t always deter excessive driving itself — and replacing it with a tax based on how many miles drivers actually travel, a new survey says. The results, which were part of an annual study conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute, also showed that support for a vehicle mileage traveled tax are reaching record heights. Forty-five percent of respondents said they would prefer a flat mileage fee to a gas tax, while 49 percent

Under new contract, Indego will expand bike-share in Philly - Philadelphia Inquirer

Indego is about to get bigger. The city is turning over maintenance and expansion of the bike-share system, which has been looking to grow for a while, to privately owned Bicycle Transit Systems, based in Philadelphia. The company was recently selected for a 10-year concession agreement, said Aaron Ritz, transportation programs manager at the city’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability. “The big thing that people can get excited about is that they’re more likely to have a new Indego station moving into their neighborhood sooner,” Ritz said. “We’ve had way more requests for bike-share stations than we’ve been able to fill.” The latest plan, coming at no operating cost

Lower Merion Township Adopts TDM Policy

Lower Merion Township’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to accept a resolution to establish a TDM policy for the Township, making it the first TDM policy for this region. Lower Merion Township was a successful recipient of a Transportation and Community Development Initiative grant, which focuses on linking land use and transportation planning and funded this project. With over 30 years of national TDM expertise, GVF was hired by Lower Merion Township to work on this exciting initiative. As the Township was updating its zoning code, it was a perfect time to evaluate how people were commuting throughout the Township and identify TDM strategies that help enhance mobility options. By a

Philly officials support automated bus lane enforcement and say it could improve ‘transit equity’ -

Republican State Rep. Martina White plans to introduce legislation for automated bus lane enforcement in Philadelphia. White, who chairs the State House public transportation subcommittee, issued a memo with her plan and calling for cooperation from her colleagues earlier this month. The legislation would create two pilot programs that would allow the use of an automated bus lane enforcement system in which cameras record and ticket drivers who park in bus lanes. According to the memo, SEPTA would run the program, which is designed to “promote traffic safety and accessibility and reduce congestion.” If enacted into law, the measure would also allow SEPTA to be compensated for running the pro

Capital Bikeshare e-bikes return as region promotes cycling amid pandemic - The Washington Post

The bikes were pulled more than a year ago over safety concerns. Capital Bikeshare’s popular e-bikes will return to the Washington region’s streets Wednesday, more than a year after the pedal-assist vehicles were pulled due to reports of malfunctioning brakes. Capital Bikeshare is rolling out “a few hundred” new e-bikes across its network this week and will gradually increase the number over the next four weeks until it hits 900 e-bikes in early August, officials said. With the new bikes, Capital Bikeshare is taking its first step toward offering a dockless option, officials said. Riders will be able to use a lock incorporated into the e-bike to leave it anywhere outside a docking station. C

It’s Not Too Late to Turn the Electric Scooter Industry Around - CityLab

Micromobility companies like Bird and Lime have laid-off workers, left markets, and scrapped vehicles in recent months. But these two industry insiders see a way forward for more-sustainable shared transportation. The Covid-19 pandemic has served up a cruel paradox for the micromobility industry: Even as urban residents need more socially distant ways to get around, the companies offering shared bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters have laid off staff and abruptly pulled out of markets. Since 2020 began, companies like Lime, Bird and JUMP have shed upwards of 1,000 jobs and scrapped several thousand e-bikes and scooters, all at a time when two-wheel transport is being called a critical lifeline. Li

Congressional Climate Report Recommends TDM

Rob Henry, Executive Director for GVF, currently serves as the Chair of the Public Policy Committee for the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), which is the premier TDM organization in the United States. He is also serving as the Immediate Past President. We are excited to announce ACT's advocacy has led to the inclusion of TDM in House Select Committee climate report. The Committee recommends Congress pass legislation requiring MPOs and state, local, and tribal governments to use TDM as a tool in curbing greenhouse gas emissions The Climate Crisis Action Plan would put the country on a path to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 The House Select Committee on the Climate Cri

House Democrats release plan to address climate crisis - CBS News

GVF is excited to see Transportation Demand Management (TDM) included in the report as a strategy to “inform and encourage travelers to maximize the efficiency of a transportation system leading to improved mobility, reduced congestion, and lower vehicle emissions.” Click here to read the Climate Crisis Report. It's been about five decades since the passage of meaningful federal environmental protections in the United States, like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. On climate change, other than executive actions during the Obama administration, policy action has been virtually nonexistent. However, recent polling shows most American want to see federal action on climate. A Pew Research s

U.S. House Wraps INVEST Act into Moving Forward Act - Roads&Bridges

The INVEST in America Act had cleared committee along party lines, is now part of larger $1.5 trillion proposal. The House of Representatives has released the text of the Moving Forward Act that calls for $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments across a number of U.S. economic sectors, such as transportation, energy, education, housing, and healthcare, among others. That legislation now also includes within it the INVEST in America Act surface transportation reauthorization bill recently advanced by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, as previously reported. A 96-page summary of the Moving Forward Act was released by House members, which breaks down, sector-by-sector, va


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