Protestors march in Lagos during a demonstration against fuel subsidy removal in 2012.
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Removal of the fuel subsidy in Nigeria is long overdue, but replacing it with a transport grant is not the best approach.
Underground and underwater.
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Images of water gushing into subway stations filled social media following heavy rain in New York City. Solutions are at hand – but it takes money and political will, an expert explains.
Greyhound has permanently shut down its intercity bus service in Canada.
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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.
Surface parking in downtown San Jose, California.
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When Buffalo, New York, changed its zoning code so that developers no longer had to provide specified amounts of parking, space was freed up for public transit and people.
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority was hit hard by a 79% ridership reduction during the pandemic. It needs an extra $8 billion through 2024 to avoid service cuts and layoffs.
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Transit agencies could use the money to buy new subway cars, buses and maintain rails. The funding is designed to build on last year’s emergency aid, which kept transit operating through the pandemic.
In many cities contemplating new light rail systems, bus rapid transit offers a cheaper, faster and more flexible solution.
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.
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.
Mass transit ridership in Los Angeles and elsewhere has plummeted during the crisis.
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One in 5 of the poorest US households don’t have a car and rely on public transportation to get around.
Australia can learn from what has been done overseas, especially in China, to keep public transport running while containing the spread of coronavirus.
Homeless people at the 42nd Street and Bryant Park subway station in New York City, March 9, 2020.
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Many homeless people already have compromised immune systems. They are targets – and conduits – for COVID-19.