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May 28, 2020
New Video: Responding to COVID-19 with Equitable Service Changes

Our latest video presents guidance for service allocation decisions to meet the needs of the millions of riders who continue to rely on transit throughout the crisis.

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May 22, 2020
Rising to the Challenge of Providing Reliable Service on Frequent Transit Routes

Keeping bus service reliable and evenly spaced is important to riders in normal times. With the imperative to minimize crowding during the COVID-19 emergency, preventing bunching and gapping is even more urgent now.

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May 20, 2020
Public Engagement in the Era of COVID-19

COVID-19-related moratoriums on public gatherings have inevitably affected the public engagement process for transit projects. Transportation consultants and advocates are already adapting to keep rider-focused initiatives like bus network redesigns moving forward.

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May 14, 2020
Protecting Transit Workers With Strong Sick Leave and Quarantine Policies

Along with urgently-needed protective equipment like N95 masks and hand sanitizer, expanded sick leave and quarantine policies are indispensable to protect the transit workforce.

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May 13, 2020
How Twin Cities’ Metro Transit Set Up an Internal Framework for Equity and Inclusion

Metro Transit's Equity and Inclusion Department has operationalized equity in meaningful ways, creating paths for more diverse voices to contribute to important agency decisions.

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May 12, 2020
If at First Your COVID Service Plan Doesn’t Succeed…

So far, LA Metro has taken important steps to protect bus operators and plan for recovery, but the agency’s policy on fare enforcement has lacked transparency, and service allocation decisions have not aligned with the imperative to minimize crowding on board.

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May 6, 2020
Responding to COVID-19 With Agile, Data-Driven Service Changes

Transit agencies can’t stop after switching to a weekend schedule. Further service adjustments are necessary to safely provide essential mobility.

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April 27, 2020
Rapid Adaptation to Rapid Change: An Interview With SFMTA’s Jeff Tumlin

SFMTA has developed one of the most agile and forward-thinking responses to COVID-19 among U.S. transit agencies.

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April 23, 2020
CARES Act Funding Will Last Half as Long for Large U.S. Transit Regions Compared to Other Areas

For the ten U.S. regions with the most transit ridership, we estimate that CARES Act funds will cover agency shortfalls for an average of 5.4 to 8.3 months. For agencies in the rest of the country, CARES Act transit funds will last 12.6 to 20.8 months, on average.

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April 23, 2020
Broad Alliance Tells White House: Transit Workers Need Better Protection From COVID-19

Labor, business, and community advocates demand the White House and CDC supply better protective equipment and guidance to safeguard the transit workforce who ensure millions of other essential workers can provide Americans with medical care, food, and basic necessities.

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April 16, 2020
Tailoring Transit Service for Essential Workers Is a Matter of Racial Justice

Black people account for a high share of essential workers who typically commute on transit (29%) relative to non-essential transit commuters (19%). White people, meanwhile, comprise a smaller share of essential transit commuters (33%) than non-essential transit commuters (42%).

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April 15, 2020
Estimated Financial Need for MTA Operations Due to COVID-19: $4.4-$8 Billion Over 12 Months

We estimate that over the next 12 months, the MTA faces an operating shortfall of $8-$11.5 billion. This means that, after stimulus funding from the CARES Act is taken into account, the MTA faces a shortfall of at least $4.4-$8.0 billion.

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