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July 9, 2020
The CARES Act Came Up Short, Now Transit Agencies Are Running Out of Time

The $25 billion for transit in the CARES Act, which passed in March, bought agencies in major cities a few months. But CARES funding was not sufficient to address the scale of the transit crisis, nor was it targeted well.

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June 26, 2020
Beyond Mandates: Advocates Mobilize to Give Riders Masks

Advocates in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Durham, N.C. are distributing masks to riders, and using mask giveaways as an occasion to organize riders to demand better transit service. 

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June 23, 2020
Five Recommendations for Better Bus Service to Power a Fair Recovery in NYC

In a new report, the Bus Turnaround Coalition calls on Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to advance an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis in New York City by making bus improvements a top priority.

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June 17, 2020
Estimated Financial Shortfalls of U.S. Transit Agencies Exceed HEROES Act Funding

While HEROES Act funding would significantly reduce anticipated shortfalls, it would still address less than a year’s worth of the expected deficit for many large and mid-sized transit agencies.

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June 11, 2020
Making Mask-Wearing on Board the Easy Choice

Universal mask-wearing on transit will be fundamental to managing COVID-19's spread. Portland’s TriMet and San Francisco’s BART provide an early look at how agencies are managing this shift.

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June 10, 2020
“Let Them Take Uber”

During the protests against police brutality and anti-Black racism sweeping the nation, transit agencies in numerous cities decided to curtail and suspend transit service.

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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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