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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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April 14, 2020
Pittsburgh Port Authority: Adapting Quickly to COVID-19 With Good Communication Between Management and Labor

Pittsburgh's transit agency, Port Authority, has demonstrated a remarkable degree of flexibility since the COVID19 crisis began.

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April 10, 2020
How Transit Agencies Are Reallocating Service to Prioritize Public Health and Social Equity

Recalibrating service provision is critical to enabling essential trips while minimizing the public health risks associated with crowding on transit vehicles. In this post, we provide an overview of the initial steps some agencies have taken to reallocate service along essential routes.

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April 8, 2020
Protecting Transit Workers is a Matter of Racial Justice

Frontline transit workers – especially vehicle operators – are more likely than non-frontline workers to be people of color or to come from low-income households.

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April 7, 2020
How Transit Advocates Are Mobilizing for Riders and Workers in Response to COVID-19

Among the many unsung heroes of this moment, transit advocates throughout the United States are mobilizing to win the transit resources to keep our cities running.

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April 3, 2020
The Heroes Keeping New Yorkers Moving During COVID-19

Bus operators enable essential mobility for hundreds of thousands of workers providing medical care, food, and other critical needs in New York during the COVID-19 emergency. Keeping bus operators safe keeps the whole city safe.

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April 2, 2020
Transit Workers Are Emergency Responders During the COVID-19 Crisis

Transit workers are at heightened risk as they transport nurses, doctors, and other essential workers. They must receive necessary protections to stay safe on the job.

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April 1, 2020
Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis With Honest Communication

Bay Area Rapid Transit's communications around COVID-19 have emerged as an invaluable resource for the media, riders, and elected leaders to learn about the crisis facing transit.

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March 27, 2020
Job #1: Protect Transit Workers

Bus and train operators, maintenance workers, crews disinfecting vehicles, and the entire transit workforce are bravely moving millions of essential workers in the United States. Transit agencies and government officials handling the pandemic response must ensure that proper measures are in place to protect transit workers.

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