Public transportation still suffering six months into COVID-19 pandemic

Public transit across the country has seen a roller coaster of ridership since the pandemic first hit. Now, it looks to the future and the hope that riders return.

“A lot of medical workers ride transit every day, people who work in distribution centers, grocery stores, these are people who keep cities running, and we really need transit to carry these workers through the depths of this pandemic,” said Ben Fried of Transit Center, a non-profit that advocates for better public transportation in American cities.

Fried says public transit nationwide has seen fewer riders than normal ever since stay-at-home orders were first enacted.

“We have seen transit climb back a little bit in terms of ridership. At the peak, it was down 90-95%. Now, depending on the system, it’s typically down about 75% of normal rates,” Fried said.

“(We’ve seen) a significant decrease. We normally carry 400,000 riders a day.

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CAMPO, San Marcos host transportation open house, survey through Sept. 28 – News – Austin American-Statesman


Transportation survey,

virtual open house set

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, in collaboration with the city of San Marcos, has announced the San Marcos Platinum Planning Study Virtual Open House and online survey, which will run through Sept. 28.

The study aims to identify needs and strategies to support potential transportation and development planning efforts in the community.

The study will focus on evaluating three transportation corridors: Guadalupe/Texas 123, Texas 80/Hopkins Road, and a potential new north-south connection east of Interstate 35. It will suggest improvements for transportation users including motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The study will also examine several activity centers to create concepts for transportation and connections to housing, jobs and services.

Participants may attend the virtual open house by visiting to see an overview of the study and complete an interactive survey.


Deadline nears to apply

for redistricting panel

The city auditor

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Mobility 2020 to discuss the future of urban air transportation

Alphabet’s Wing is among the companies leading the way for building a sustainable and scalable way for drones and other aircraft to share the skies and build a capable and safe aerial transportation network. Wing’s head of Policy, Regulatory and Community Affairs, Margaret Nagle, will join us at TC Sessions: Mobility this year to talk about the work the company is doing to unlock the potential of this path forward for city skies, and what the landscape looks like from the perspective of someone who works at the linkage point between public and private sectors.

Wing’s primary business is building and deploying a local drone delivery service that works through an app on your phone to allow you to quickly and easily order items from its partner businesses. To make the deliveries possible, Wing uses a custom multi-rotor/fixed-wing hybrid aircraft that uses an all-electric power source to operate emission-free. The

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Peter Lacoste, NFI Transportation: Cleanliness Became a Crusade

Keep it real, keep it clean, keep it real clean.

Words to live by during a pandemic, to be sure. But for Peter Lacoste, they represent more than a catchphrase. They are his crusade.

Lacoste, 55, is a 17-year NFI Transportation employee based at the fleet’s Framingham, Mass., location, and a 30-year trucking veteran.

A driver-trainer who works with recruits brought along through NFI’s program, his job involves coordinating operations within the yard, communicating with drivers and ensuring deliveries stay on track.

But when the COVID-19 outbreak began to take hold, Lacoste took on a new responsibility — sanitizing the company’s trucks to help keep his colleagues safe.

On March 17, Massachusetts began ordering many businesses to shut down in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but NFI Transportation, as an essential business, remained open and continued to transport vital goods. The division of Camden, N.J.-based NFI

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Transportation minister Amaechi buries brother, says death huge responsibility

Transportation minister Amaechi buries brother, says death huge responsibility

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Sept. 12, buried his elder brother, Charles Amaechi, in his country home Ubima, Rivers State.Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Sept. 12, buried his elder brother, Charles Amaechi, in his country home Ubima, Rivers State.

Amaechi, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, said the death left a huge family responsibility on him as it would be difficult to combine both family and official responsibilities.

The minister spoke during a church service organised for the deceased at the St. Theresa Catholic Church, Ubima

“He has left us with a huge responsibility that I never imagined would be so soon to confront and a challenge that I lack the capacity to discharge.

”Chikamkpa, Lemchi, Obinna, Judith and I will find it difficult to come to terms with his death. We can only pray that Dede rests in the bossom of the Lord.

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Illinois transportation infrastructure requires modernization, innovation

While the state will have significant revenue to improve our infrastructure thanks to this legislation, Illinois does not have a plan in place to strategically address our challenges.

Illinois has been slow to embrace performance-based decision-making—a technical term for using objective performance measures and data to transparently choose which transportation projects to fund—and is overdue in adopting new plans and policies to direct transportation investments toward the projects with the greatest benefits. Many of our state and local methods for allocating transportation funds, choosing projects and building them have not changed in decades. We shouldn’t be surprised that these antiquated systems have failed to deliver on a vision of equitable, livable, environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant communities.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and other local transportation agencies need to design modern performance management systems and consult with employers and organizations on the front lines of economic development as they stand

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Cuba Shuts Down Interprovincial Transportation Due to New COVID-19 Fears | World News

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban state media reported on Saturday interprovincial transportation would be shut down and a curfew in Havana extended until the end of the month as a surge in COVID-19 cases in the capital spreads to other areas.

While most of the country remains at a new normal with schools and retail activity open, local authorities have been tightening enforcement of wearing masks, social distancing and other measures for fear of spread and imposing quarantines wherever cases appear.

Cuba had mostly contained its novel coronavirus outbreak by the end of June, by isolating patients and contacts, and eased lockdown restrictions.

But it tightened them again in Havana by August and has yet to contain a spike in cases there with around 200 reported over the last week.

There have been smaller outbreaks in a handful of Cuba’s 14 provinces.

Now central Ciego de Avila province has suffered the

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Wisconsin’s Winneconne bridge receives regional recognition in America’s Transportation Awards

WINNECONNE, Wis. — The bridge crossing the Wolf River on State Highway 116 in Winneconne, has been selected for recognition in the 2020 America’s Transportation Awards. In 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) reconstructed the bridge to meet current design and safety standards. The new structure also provides safer accommodations for fishing, snowmobiling and river traffic.

The project received a regional award in the Quality of Life and Community Development category of the competition. America’s Transportation Awards is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“In addition to an improvement to the region’s transportation system, the new Winneconne bridge represents a unique investment in the community. I applaud the WisDOT staff for their vision and commitment to local partnerships,” said Craig Thompson, secretary-designee for WisDOT. “It was a challenging, imaginative project that was well executed. We congratulate

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Barr-Nunn Transportation’s New Driver Pay Options – Drivers

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Photo: Barr-Nunn

Barr-Nunn Transportation recently created two new solo pay options and one new team pay option, which the carrier has named Shift Load Pay.

For drivers in select Southeastern cities and running primarily southeastern states, Shift + Load Pay allows truck drivers to earn $200 for their on-duty shift and earn $50 for each load hauled during these shifts. The Shift + Load Pay option gives drivers the option to work Sunday through Thursday with Friday and Saturday off each week.

For drivers in select Midwestern cities and running primarily midwestern states, Shift + Load Pay allows truck drivers to earn $260 for on-duty shifts and earn $40 for each load hauled during these shifts. The Shift + Load Pay option also offers a Sunday through Thursday work week.

For established team drivers in 24 states, Shift + Load Pay pays drivers $275 for on-duty shift and $100 to

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