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Boston transit agency names new safety chief

Aug. 5, 2020 8:38 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A longtime Chicago public transit executive has been named chief of operational and construction safety for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Boston area's public transit agency, officials say. Ronald L. Ester Jr. was appointed to the position of chief safety officer for the...

Suburban Gwinnett County to vote again on transit expansion

Jul. 22, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Voters in Atlanta's most populous suburban county will get another chance in November to vote on a sales tax to fund mass transit expansion. Gwinnett County commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to put the initiative on the ballot, after an earlier vote was rejected in March 2019 by a...

A worker wearing a protective gear sprays disinfectant as a precaution against a new coronavirus at a theater in Sejong Center in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. South Korea’s new virus cases have bounced back Tuesday, a day after it reported its smallest daily jump in local COVID-19 transmissions in two months. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea's new virus cases bounce back after drop

Jul. 20, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea’s new virus cases have bounced back to above 40, a day after it reported its smallest daily jump in local COVID-19 transmissions in two months. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it has reported 45 additional coronavirus cases over a 24-hour...

A protective face mask adorns a Jesus Christ statue as a reminder for residents to wear masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Petare neighborhod in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

The Latest: Global death toll for pandemic now above 600,000

Jul. 18, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

Johns Hopkins University says the global death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 600,000. The university’s tally as of Saturday night says the United States tops the list with 140,103 deaths. It is followed by 78,772 fatalities in Brazil and 45,358 in the United Kingdom. The number of confirmed infections...

Valentina Fasano cleans her work space with sanitizing wipes at the Girl's Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Camp during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Miami. This Miami-Dade County summer camp program is operating at limited capacity, and has enhanced health screening and sanitizing procedures, practices social distancing, and required wearing of face coverings. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Confirmed US virus cases rise amid new global restrictions

Jul. 15, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — California, Arizona, Texas and Florida together reported about 36,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as restrictions aimed at combating the spread of the pandemic took hold in the United States and around the world in an unsettling sign reminiscent of the dark days of April. The soaring...

A contractor cleans a subway car at the 96th Street station to control the spread of COVID-19, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York. Mass transit systems around the world have taken unprecedented — and expensive — steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including shutting down New York subways overnight and testing powerful ultraviolet lamps to disinfect seats, poles and floors. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Subways sparkle, but does cleaning decrease COVID-19 risk?

Jul. 13, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Mass transit systems around the world have taken unprecedented — and expensive — steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including New York shutting down its subways overnight and testing powerful ultraviolet lamps to disinfect seats, poles and floors. The cleaning...

Hundreds of drivers for MBTA The RIDE service go on strike

Jul. 13, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of drivers who provide rides through an MBTA service for people with disabilities have gone on strike over a health insurance dispute. Three hundred and fifty members of Teamsters Local 25 employed by Veterans Transportation, a sub-contractor for MBTA's The RIDE program, voted...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at the Georgia Cancer Center in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, July 2, 2020, as part of his

MARTA to require masks; Kemp says local orders unenforceable

Jul. 11, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s largest public transit system plans to require riders to wear masks to protect against the coronavirus, even though the governor insists that local mask orders aren’t enforceable because he hasn’t mandated them. MARTA, the main public transit system...

Mayor proposes $30M replacement fund for Seattle transit

Jul. 8, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The mayor of Seattle has proposed creating a fund that would generate up to $30 million each year for city public transit over the next six years. Mayor Jenny Durkan said Tuesday that the measure would replace a previous one set to expire at the end of this year and would maintain a 0.1%...

Men who were arrested for violating quarantine health protocols have their temperatures checked at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte eased one of the world's longest lockdowns in the Philippine capital of more than 13 million people on June 1 after the economy shrank in the first quarter in its first contraction in more than two decades. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippines virus cases soar past 50,000 as lockdown eases

Jul. 8, 2020 9:41 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections in the Philippines soared past 50,000 on Wednesday in a troubling milestone for a country that has reopened an economy on the brink of recession while still struggling to combat the pandemic. The Department of Health reported 2,539 new cases,...