Minibus taxis in Alexandra township, Johannesburg.
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Metropolitan municipalities are best placed to administer operating subsidies for minibus taxis.
Hard evidence on how much coronavirus transmission occurs on transport is hard to come by. But there are ways to reduce your risk.
Conventional transport infrastructure planning has been based on wholesale commuting to and from the city centre.
Coronavirus has changed population projections and behaviours across society. With fewer commuters we need to shift transport planning based on a hub-and-spoke network to focus on more local travel.
Profit margins in South Africa’s minibus taxi industry have been under pressure long before the COVID-19 lockdown.
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The role of government should be to improve and reorganise this sector to address the needs of users. The proposed national operational subsidy is an opportunity to do precisely that.
A policeman stands guard during a protest by minibus taxi operators against a new bus service for Johannnesburg.
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It is vital that the latest move by government towards restructuring succeeds in making the industry safe, reliable and viable, contributing to the country’s economy.
Remote working in London, March 2020.
One in five now work exclusively from home in the UK. But remote workers still drive about as often as commuters – though for different reasons.
Motorways were once seen as a way of reducing congestion in our towns and cities. But the more we build, the more they fill with drivers.
New Zealand voters are divided on climate policy along party lines, with the majority on one side of the political spectrum calling for urgent action while at the other end most recommend caution.
Masked passengers on the London Underground.
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Instead of repeated bailouts, permanent reform of public transport funding is needed.
Green spaces near schools was also linked to higher fitness levels in teens.
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Living near green spaces, or growing up in a deprived neighbourhood, were both linked to higher fitness levels among teens.
People with disabilities are exempt from wearing face coverings on public transport and in shops, but this exemption has not been well communicated to the public.
Car use and cycling have soared to above pre-pandemic levels in our biggest cities (Melbourne is an obvious exception). Walking is not far behind, but public transport is being shunned.
Without plastic shielding between seats or more efficient engines, the environmental benefits of public transport are lost.
The taxi industry carries 75% of commuters daily, yet, unlike bus and train operators, does not benefit from government subsidies.
As COVID-19 restrictions are eased, cities face crippling congestion if people shun crowded public transport. More frequent and faster services, using innovations like pop-up bus lanes, can avoid this.
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A family enjoy a film at a new drive-in cinema in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia.
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