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Interstate 980 cuts off West Oakland, Calif., at top, from other Oakland neighborhoods. Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images

Removing urban highways can improve neighborhoods blighted by decades of racist policies

Two urban policy experts explain why taking down highways that have isolated low-income and minority neighborhoods for decades is an important part of the pending infrastructure bill.
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.
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Should I wear a mask on public transport?

Masks protect you from infection and protect others from getting sick. But authorities are leaving it up to individuals to decide if they want to wear masks on the bus or train. Here’s how to decide.
With more than a million Australians using public transport to get to work each day, demand for car parking at the station is virtually insatiable. Philip Mallis/flickr

$500m for station car parks? Other transport solutions could do much more for the money

The Commuter Car Park Fund announced in the budget sounds big, but is likely to create only around 30,000 extra spaces – a marginal benefit for Australia’s 1.2 million daily public transport users.

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