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Greyhound has permanently shut down its intercity bus service in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld 

Canada needs a national public transportation system — here’s why

Many communities in Canada currently lack intercity and regional transportation. A national public transportation system would improve connectedness between cities and access to essential services.
Governments could capitalize on the growth of telecommuting to promote more car-free lifestyles. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

COVID-19 could end our dependence on cars — if we ‘build back better’

The pandemic could be a boon to car use, but it would be a mistake for governments to let that happen. There's a golden opportunity to push towards a zero-carbon transportation system.
Part of Canada’s land border with the United States is closed at the Peace Arch border crossing in Surrey, B.C. on April 28, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Closing some of the U.S.-Canada land border crossings could help control the COVID-19 pandemic

Current travel restrictions aren't applied uniformly for air and land travellers. Similar restrictions need to be applied to land border crossings to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.
Public transit drivers are now responsible for preventing unmasked passengers from boarding and removing unruly customers. Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

Public transit drivers struggle to enforce mask mandates

Recent federal mask mandates on all public transit have burdened bus drivers with difficult and sometimes dangerous duties to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
In Paris, the major east-west axis, from the Place de la Concorde to the Place de la Bastille, as given a temporary ‘coronapiste’ after the pandemic broke out. Mayor Anne Hidalgo has said that it will become permanent. Mairie de Paris

Can the city cycling boom survive the end of the Covid-19 pandemic?

The need for social distancing sparked a cycling boom, cutting air pollution and boosting city dwellers' mental and physical health. But when the pandemic ends, will it be back to life as usual?
The airline industry has been cancelling routes because of the traffic drop-off during the pandemic. That has an impact on organ transplants. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

How the airline industry recovers from COVID-19 could determine who gets organ transplants

As policymakers weigh financial aid for the airline industry, they have an opportunity to help make the US organ transplantation system more equitable at the same time.
LiDAR helps an autonomous vehicle ‘visualize’ what’s around it. Yulong Can with data from Baidu Apollo

Autonomous vehicles can be fooled to ‘see’ nonexistent obstacles

Driverless vehicles rely heavily on sensors to navigate the world. They're vulnerable to attack if bad actors trick them into 'seeing' things that aren't there, potentially leading to deadly crashes.
In this March 2019 photo, rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max crash south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Deregulation is playing a role in transportation disasters. AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene

Disasters foretold: Boeing 737 Max 8 and Lac-Mégantic

High-profile rail and aerospace disasters of recent years have been the deadly consequence of the systematic erosion of safety precautions due to deregulation.

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