Transportation

From mask mandates to capacity limits, the largest public transit systems and ride share companies have new procedures

We need our buses and trains during public health emergencies

By | Ethan Evans
Electric Buses For America, Associate

Americans are staying home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and therefore public transportation ridership has plummeted. Transit agencies across the country are facing budget challenges and being forced to make tough decisions, including cutting back routes or shutting down service altogether. But essential workers -- like healthcare professionals, grocery store clerks, pharmacists, and others -- still need to get to work, and we’re depending on them to do so. For them, we need to keep our public transit systems running.

America on pause: Vehicle travel during COVID-19 and what comes next

By | Tony Dutzik
Associate Director and Senior Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

Driving is down across America during COVID-19, but the trends vary from state to state. Our new blog post reviews which states saw the fastest drops in traffic and what the future might hold.

We should close more streets to cars to keep people safe during COVID-19

By | Matt Casale
Director, Environment Campaigns

Closing streets (or parts of streets) to non-necessary cars on some routes around grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals and other essential locations can help make travel safer during a time of necessary physical distancing. It will also create safe passages for people to walk and bike, which may also help reduce crowding in parks and on trails, where people have been congregating in an attempt to get outside and get exercise during quarantine.

Call “time out” on highway boondoggles

By | Tony Dutzik
Associate Director and Senior Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

Given the recent steep drop in highway traffic, and associated lost gas tax revenues, some federal aid to state transportation agencies seems likely. But the emergency caused by COVID-19 should not lead us to rush to complete the build-out of highway projects that were bad ideas in the first place – much less fuel a new round of wasteful highway construction under the guise of “stimulus.”

Here’s what you do not have to do to save the planet

By | Ethan Evans
Electric Buses For America, Associate

How to tune out the noise and focus on what matters.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Environment America Research & Policy Center | Transportation

New report: 108 million Americans live in areas that experienced at least 100 days of polluted air in 2018

One-third of all Americans live in areas that suffered through at least 100 days of poor air quality due to air pollution in 2018, according to a new report by Environment America Research & Policy Center, Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG Education Fund.

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