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Virginia public transit finds reduced ridership, zero fare

Apr. 13, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia public transit systems from Northern Virginia to Hampton Roads are looking for a path forward after losing riders and revenue during the pandemic. Some transit systems have been harder hit than others. “We are serving a market of...

Safety measures announced after slaying of man freed on bail

Mar. 31, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prison officials in Philadelphia have announced new safety measures following the early morning murder of a man gunned down on the prison grounds shortly after he was released on bail. Prisons Commissioner Blanche Carney said in...

New York gets go-ahead on plan to charge congestion tolls

Mar. 30, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York received a key approval Tuesday to move ahead on a long-delayed plan to charge motorists an additional toll to enter Manhattan's core, a move aimed at reducing congestion and raising money for public transit systems. If the plan is implemented,...

Legislation would support fare-free public transit systems

Mar. 30, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Legislation intended to boost support for public transportation, including state and local efforts to create fare-free transit systems, has been refiled in Congress by U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. The bill would invest “heavily...

Detroit opens vaccine eligibility to all amid spiking cases

Mar. 29, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Detroit on Monday immediately expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 and older, a week earlier than planned, as Michigan continued to confront spiking infection rates that rank third-highest in the country. Mayor Mike Duggan said...

Passenger vehicle travel rebounding to pre-pandemic levels

Mar. 29, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

Americans may be rounding a corner — literally — in their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The number of daily passenger vehicle trips has hit a major milestone, reaching pre-pandemic levels for the first time in a year, according to data provided to The...

Transit agency to use grant to test out new express routes

Mar. 28, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has received a state grant worth almost $500,000 to try out a Northampton-Holyoke-Springfield express bus system that would drastically cut travel times between the cities. The pilot program that launches...

Beyond the pandemic: London's Tube battles to stay on track

Mar. 24, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When London came to a stop as a nationwide coronavirus lockdown was imposed a year ago, the Underground kept running as an essential service. But it was a strange and unnerving experience for its workers. Joseph Cocks, a driver on the subway’s Circle...

Buttigieg: Biden plan will usher in a new transportation era

Mar. 18, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Thursday that an infrastructure plan expected soon from President Joe Biden will offer a “once in a century” opportunity to remake transportation in the United States, where cars and highways are no longer king. ...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Mar. 18, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. March 12, 2021. Editorial: Lawmakers aren’t equipped to make decisions about health emergencies As the fairy tale goes, the Big Bad Wolf huffed and puffed before trying to blow down each of the three little pigs’ homes. ...