Washington Post: Twitter bans account for D.C.-area bus system without explanation. “Metro officials said they weren’t told why the social media company suspended the account, @metrobusinfo. Before the suspension, Metro officials said, the account had not posted anything other than standard content, which includes route scheduling information, delay and detour updates, customer-service-related tips, and replies to customer complaints or concerns.”
Associated Press: School bus service in 2 NC cities suspended due to driver COVID-19 cases. “The News & Record of Greensboro reports that Guilford County Schools said Friday that 76 of the district’s drivers are out of work with the virus. Superintendent Sharon Contreras said those absences come on top of the district’s pre-existing driver shortage.”
The Record: CDTA busses equipped with air-purification system to fight COVID. “[Capital District Transportation Authority] is continuing to take important steps to keep employees and customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. In CDTA’s latest effort, all buses are now equipped with a commercial-grade air purification system that uses Photohydroionization® Cell (PHI-Cell®) technology to clean the air, the organization announced in a press release.”
LANTA cancels bus routes Monday due to COVID absences; Allentown School District also facing transportation woes (The Morning Call)
The Morning Call: LANTA cancels bus routes Monday due to COVID absences; Allentown School District also facing transportation woes. “LANTA is canceling some bus trips Monday because many drivers are out sick with COVID-19, the transportation agency said…. The cancellations are only for Monday, the authority said, though further decisions are made on a day-to-day basis.” LANTA is the bus service for Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Irish Examiner: Hospitals, bus services and businesses suffering due to Covid related staffing issues
Irish Examiner: Hospitals, bus services and businesses suffering due to Covid related staffing issues. “With record-high cases of Covid-19 being reported, hospitals, bus services and businesses have said they are struggling to operate due to many of their staff being out with the virus. Earlier today, Cork University Hospital (CUH) urged members of the public to explore all other options available before presenting to the Emergency Department.”
NBC News: This bus won’t get you out of Hong Kong, but it might get you to sleep. “Almost two years into the coronavirus pandemic, Charles and Jenny Chung long for a getaway from their home in Hong Kong. But with overseas travel stymied by the Chinese territory’s strict quarantine requirements, the couple found a different way to relax and recharge: five hours on a public bus. The ‘Bus Sleeping Tour,’ organized by local company Ulu Travel, is billed as the longest bus route in Hong Kong at 83 kilometers (51 miles).”
Los Angeles Times: Coughing echoes through the bus and Metro drivers wonder, ‘Am I going to catch it today?’
Los Angeles Times: Coughing echoes through the bus and Metro drivers wonder, ‘Am I going to catch it today?’. “Coughing filled the bus as Metro’s Line 33 rumbled down Venice Boulevard. The driver looked on, horrified, as a passenger hacked repeatedly into his hands and wiped his palms on the seat. ‘I was disgusted and uneasy,’ said the driver. ‘Like, come on, man. What if someone sat there and they didn’t know? That’s how the virus spreads.’ For thousands of Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus drivers, going to work during a pandemic means spending hours in a confined space with strangers, wondering whether this will be the day they get sick.”
Mashable: This bus plays voice messages from loved ones outside people’s homes. “Electric buses in Brussels are pulling up outside people’s homes and playing audio messages from loved ones via loudspeaker. The city’s transport authority STIB is asking residents to record messages for their grandparents, family members, healthcare workers, or the person they miss the most, so it can be played to them.”
‘We’re opening the doors’: You can now search the on-time rates for each MTA bus route online (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore Sun: ‘We’re opening the doors’: You can now search the on-time rates for each MTA bus route online. “The Maryland Transit Administration unveiled a searchable online database Thursday that offers bus passengers and the rest of the public the ability to view and track on-time rates of each of the agency’s bus routes, a transparency step long sought by advocates critical of the agency’s reporting.”
Curbed: Can you get by without a car? New tool will tell you based on your exact location. “So we all know that car-free living is better for the environment and for health, but we can’t all live in Giethoorn, right? A new tool from TransitScreen, which offers live transportation information displays, calculates precisely how accessible a place is to public transit and other transit alternatives. MobilityScore rates a location from 0 to 100 based on its proximity to public transit like buses, trains, and taxis, and also ride-hailing, ride-sharing, and bike-sharing opportunities.” Limited to 30 metro areas in the US and 5 in Canada.