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Public transit could get a boost from high gas prices

Mar 10, 2022
Bus and train ridership has dipped since the start of the pandemic. High fuel prices, spurred in part by the war in Ukraine, may change that.
With gasoline prices reaching record highs, many people are on board with public transportation.
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Albuquerque’s bus system starts zero-fare experiment for 2022

Jan 4, 2022
At more than 500,000 residents, Albuquerque, New Mexico is the largest city in the U.S. to experiment with zero-fare transit.
Cities across the country have used pandemic relief funds to pay for no-fare transit.
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Transit systems struggle to find enough bus drivers

Jan 4, 2022
Some drivers are retiring, others are going to work for commercial delivery services.
Higher wages from private competitors and a workforce near retirement has led to a bus driver shortage. Above, a Detroit bus driver poses for a portrait in 2020.
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How the infrastructure bill aims to tackle climate change

Aug 11, 2021
Among other ways, it would upgrade the power grid and support electric cars and public transit.
The bipartisan legislation includes funding for electric vehicle charging stations and eco-friendly public transit options.
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Public transit tries to lure riders back with reduced fares, other incentives

Jul 12, 2021
Across the country, ridership is still way below pre-pandemic levels.
Passengers at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in San Francisco. Despite the economy reopening, public transit use is still down dramatically in many metropolitan areas.
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Paris experiments with driverless shuttle service

May 10, 2021
The transport authority uses an autonomous vehicle to bring people to a park. The free weekend service offers a glimpse of the future.
The Paris transit authority tests a driverless vehicle in 2016. An autonomous shuttle has been taking people to the Bois de Vincennes on weekends since January.
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Transit agencies get $14 billion in relief, with ridership still down

Dec 29, 2020
The money will let agencies avoid doomsday scenarios of thousands of layoffs and drastic service cuts.
A woman exits a Brooklyn subway station on Nov. 18, 2020, in New York City.
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Public transit emerges a big winner in election

Nov 5, 2020
Even as the pandemic drives down ridership, voters approved more than a dozen local transit measures.
A woman rides a Metro Rail train in April in Los Angeles. The pandemic has led to a plummet in public transit ridership.
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Bus drivers in Detroit, as essential workers, face COVID-19 safety concerns

Apr 16, 2020
After Detroit bus drivers staged a "sick-out," passengers began getting free rides so that drivers wouldn't have to handle fares.
A woman walks a dog at the Rosa Parks Transit Center in downtown Detroit.
Eli Newman