Associated Press: CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3 as COVID rises

Associated Press: CDC extends travel mask requirement to May 3 as COVID rises. “The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it is extending the nationwide mask requirement for public transit for 15 days as it monitors an uptick in COVID-19 cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was extending the order, which was set to expire on April 18, until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant that is now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the U.S.”

New York Times: White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation

New York Times: White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a sweeping order last month requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation in the United States, but it was blocked by the White House, according to two federal health officials.”

Cities must act to secure the future of urban cycling: our research shows how (The Conversation)

The Conversation: Cities must act to secure the future of urban cycling: our research shows how. “Cities worldwide are preparing for the long transition out of lockdown. Physical distancing measures will be in place for many months, with impacts on all walks of life, not least transport. With public transport options running at low capacity and emerging evidence of the role of air quality and exercise in mitigating the risks of COVID-19, solutions are needed more than ever.”

Engadget: Google’s Waze-like app for public transit hits five more cities

Engadget: Google’s Waze-like app for public transit hits five more cities. “Last year, Google incubator Area 120 announced a public transit app that works in a similar way to Waze. Users of Pigeon report transit information to help others know if they’re likely to face delays or other issues. Until now, it’s only been available in New York City, but as of today, it’s going live in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.”

Google Blog: Travel your first and last mile with Google Maps

Google Blog: Travel your first and last mile with Google Maps. “Google Maps has always helped you get from place to place, whether you’re driving, walking, biking or taking public transit. And we know that transit journeys can be complex–often involving multiple modes of transportation to help you get around town. Today, we’re making it easy to pair transit directions with biking and ridesharing options so you can travel that first or last mile with ease.”

Willamette Week: Instagram Account “Pdxscootermess” Is Portland’s Photo Archive of Dead Scooters

Willamette Week: Instagram Account “Pdxscootermess” Is Portland’s Photo Archive of Dead Scooters. “If there’s one thing smartphone-clad masses love documenting as much as latte art and bathroom selfies it’s scooter carnage. That’s what prompted one Portlander to start an Instagram account titled @pdxscootermess, which looks for ‘”any and all evidence of scooter (and bikeshare) chaos in Portland Oregon.’”

Google Street View can estimate travel patterns in cities: Study (Zee Business)

Zee Business: Google Street View can estimate travel patterns in cities: Study. “Google Street View has the potential to estimate how common cycling is in cities, and potentially other travel patterns too, a study has found. The analysis of 2,000 Google Street View images from 1,000 random locations in each of 34 cities in the UK found strong agreement with data on cycling, and public transport and motorbike use, said researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK.”

Mobility Lab: The ultimate TV and movie public transportation database

Holy cow, I love the Internet. Mobility Lab: The ultimate TV and movie public transportation database. “We’re excited to present the first-ever database of public transportation’s appearances in TV shows and movies. Entertainment plays a big role in influencing our decision-making, as we discussed in this article about Hollywood’s misrepresentation of transit. One reader even told me that her husband was scared to ride the New York subway after watching The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 in the 1970s. At Mobility Lab, we believe that we can create the transportation system we want by using the existing infrastructure in more sustainable and equitable ways. When we drive less, we make more room for biking, better bus service, and walking.”

Ars Technica: Google Maps finally gets step-by-step transit navigation

Ars Technica: Google Maps finally gets step-by-step transit navigation. “Google Maps is an awesome app for getting you where you need to go, but lately the app has treated transit directions like a second-class citizen. For years, driving, walking, and biking directions have had a ‘navigation’ mode, which shows you live map and gives you turn-by-turn directions. Transit has doesn’t have a ‘navigate’ mode, though—it only ever shows a flat list of directions. Today, Google is finally adding an actionable navigation mode to transit directions.”

Curbed: Can you get by without a car? New tool will tell you based on your exact location

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.