Cities urgently need to convince residents that it’s safe to ride public transit if they want to recover from the coronavirus-induced double whammy of dwindling ridership and higher fixed costs.
Public transit faces “existential” challenge after the pandemic – Axios
There hasn’t been enough conversation over the last several months about the necessary role public transit plays and the support needed to keep it operational. And this concern needs to be put in the context of reports the Trump Administration blocked CDC guidelines mandating masks etc on public transportation.
This is 180 degrees from the sales pitch ride-hailing services have been making since their inception. It’s a great case for supporting true public transit options.
Source: Uber and Lyft generate 70 percent more pollution than trips they displace: study – The Verge
It’s underplayed how big a role mass transit plays in productivity, environmental issues and income inequality.
Source: Behind the Gains in U.S. Public Transit Ridership – CityLab
I’m just saying what if authorities cracked down on the tax evasion of the wealthy as harshly as they did the fare evasion of the working class?
Source: Fare evasion on New York’s MTA subway costs millions. How can the city solve it? – Vox