‘An end to the New York way of life’: MTA proposes catastrophic service cuts amid COVID-19 budget crunch (New York Daily News)

New York Daily News: ‘An end to the New York way of life’: MTA proposes catastrophic service cuts amid COVID-19 budget crunch. “A 40% cut in weekday subway service and layoffs of more than 9,000 transit workers are on the table as MTA honchos battle a COVID-19 financial catastrophe, the Daily News has learned. ‘This would absolutely be an end to the New York way of life,’ said Andrew Albert, the non-voting rider advocate on the MTA board.”

Phys .org: Pandemic has surprising impacts on public transit demand

Phys .org: Pandemic has surprising impacts on public transit demand. “The COVID-19 pandemic had surprising effects on demand for public transit in American cities, new research suggests. While demand for public transit dropped about 73% across the country after the pandemic hit, the reduction didn’t impact all cities equally, according to the study, which analyzed activity data from a widely used public transit navigation app.”

Prolific North: Manchester agency helps London Transport Museum open up in lockdown

Prolific North: Manchester agency helps London Transport Museum open up in lockdown . “CTI Digital has created a new website for the London Transport Museum, to make its collection available during the lockdown. The platform has been designed to showcase some of the exhibits at the world’s leading museum of urban transport.”

Cumbria’s M6: Photo archive shows motorway at 50 (BBC)

BBC: Cumbria’s M6: Photo archive shows motorway at 50. “It is one of the highest stretches of motorway in the country, covering 36 miles (57.9km) between Lancaster and Penrith. The road, which incorporates the Lune Gorge, was opened on 23 October 1970. Photographs of the construction of the motorway, by John Laing Construction Ltd, have been preserved in a special Historic England archive.”

The City: Closed Private Subway Entrances Give Shuttered Feel to Manhattan Office Buildings and Former Hotspots

The City: Closed Private Subway Entrances Give Shuttered Feel to Manhattan Office Buildings and Former Hotspots. “Even as more New Yorkers return to their offices and the subway system, nine privately maintained station entrances in Midtown and Lower Manhattan remain off-limits to riders more than six months into the pandemic. The gateways — which include multiple entrances to the sprawling Fulton Street complex, along with 42nd Street-Bryant Park and 42nd Street/Port Authority — were closed by the MTA early in the coronavirus crisis at the request of building owners, an agency spokesperson said.”

New York Times: Amtrak Chief Pleads for Nearly $5 Billion to Survive Pandemic

New York Times: Amtrak Chief Pleads for Nearly $5 Billion to Survive Pandemic. “Amtrak’s chief executive, William J. Flynn, urged House lawmakers on Wednesday to provide $4.9 billion for the national passenger rail agency, warning that additional cuts to its service and work force would be needed to ‘stave off bankruptcy’ if Congress did not provide any further emergency funding.”

Intelligent Transport: ITF launches Transport Climate Action Directory

Intelligent Transport: ITF launches Transport Climate Action Directory. ITF is the International Transport Forum. “The Directory aims to provide decision makers with a range of options that can deliver concrete decarbonisation outcomes for transport in their specific national context, helping them to translate their decarbonisation ambitions into actions. It specifically aims to support countries in the upcoming first revision of their nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for the 2021 Conference of Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).”

Central Maine: Transportation museum launches web series ‘Shifting History’ June 30

Central Maine: Transportation museum launches web series ‘Shifting History’ June 30. “After a year-long production effort, the Owls Head Transportation Museum has announced the release of its first-ever web series, ‘Shifting History,’ set to premiere on Tuesday, June 30, according to a news release from Sophie Gabrion, communications manager for the museum. Written and directed by Assistant Curator Thomas Goodwin, this nine-episode mockumentary follows one millennial’s quest to care about America’s most influential car — the Model T.”

COVID-19 has created more cyclists: How cities can keep them on their bikes (The Conversation)

The Conversation: COVID-19 has created more cyclists: How cities can keep them on their bikes. “Personal vehicles do allow for adequate distancing, but many cities cannot support the shift of public transit riders to cars. There is also a substantial cost-barrier associated with car ownership: parking, insurance, gas. As a result, more people in North America are taking to cycling — and bike shops across the United States and Canada are seeing record sales and facing supply shortages.”

CityLab: In Japan and France, Riding Transit Looks Surprisingly Safe

CityLab: In Japan and France, Riding Transit Looks Surprisingly Safe. “Between May 9 and June 3, 150 clusters of new coronavirus cases emerged in France, according to the country’s national public health body. Defined as three cases or more of Covid-19 linked by contact, these clusters occurred largely in the sort of places you might predict they would: healthcare facilities, workplaces and homeless shelters — all sites where people mix in enclosed spaces for long periods of time and, in the case of hospitals, where people who are already infected are likely to congregate. What was striking however, was the number of clusters associated with public transit: There weren’t any. For almost a month, not a single Covid-19 cluster had emerged on France’s six metro systems, 26 tram and light rail networks or numerous urban bus routes.”

Phys .org: Researchers aim to help cities prioritize interventions for public transit

Phys .org: Researchers aim to help cities prioritize interventions for public transit. “The New York City Subway—which, under normal circumstances, serves 5.5 million riders daily—resumed service June 8, amid concerns from residents about exposing themselves to the closed, crowded conditions that could be ripe for coronavirus transmission. Researchers at Penn State aim to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread by identifying specific subway stations in which intervention resources—such as setting up testing sites, allocating additional personnel to disinfect frequently touched surfaces in subway stations, and distributing masks and hand sanitizer—could be of greatest benefit.”

The Next Web: How coronavirus is reshaping the mobility industry, from EVs to supply chains

The Next Web: How coronavirus is reshaping the mobility industry, from EVs to supply chains. “The following anticipation of the likely winners and losers of the Covid-19 crisis is based on the drivers behind the various segments that constitute the future of mobility. Overall, I do not foresee any aspects of the pre-crisis future being completely absent from the post-crisis future. I rather anticipate an acceleration for some segments and deceleration for others. Likewise, programs with a long term benefit will trigger more collaboration to share costs and risks.”

Land Line: DHS launches route planning app to help truckers navigate COVID-19

Land Line: DHS launches route planning app to help truckers navigate COVID-19. “The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Idaho National Laboratory launched its Commercial Routing Assistance tool on Wednesday, May 6, for truckers and other commercial drivers in the U.S. This free app incorporates coordinated data streams and plots multiple routing options so commercial operators can plan and manage vehicle movements across multiple states quickly in times of disasters or other restrictions.”

CDL Life: Here’s a new ‘one-stop shop’ for active emergency declarations & relaxed trucking regulations

CDL Life: Here’s a new ‘one-stop shop’ for active emergency declarations & relaxed trucking regulations. “In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently debuted an online repository that gives users quick access to all active emergency declarations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In the weeks since the COVID-19 crisis began, numerous federal, state, and local agencies have issued emergency declarations intended to support the flow of products through the supply chain by relaxing certain trucking regulations including Hours of Service requirements and weight restrictions.”

9to5 Google: Waymo Content Search can find billions of objects encountered over 20M miles in seconds

9to5 Google: Waymo Content Search can find billions of objects encountered over 20M miles in seconds. “As of early 2020, Waymo self-driving vehicles have driven 20 million miles on public roads. That makes for vast amounts of recorded sensor data to improve the autonomous system. Waymo today detailed its Content Search tool and database with billions of encountered road objects.”