As America gets back to work, the transportation industry is making adjustments. That means ride-share drivers clad in masks behind the wheel, extra cautions and staggered shifts at auto plants, and more people opting for outdoor modes of travel such as biking or scooters. Scooter companies say they’re cleaning the scooters but admit each may not be cleaned every day.
Covid-19 Resource Center
The definition of mobility is radically different than it was quite recently. With a ringing chorus of #flattenthecurve, social distancing and the shuttering of community events, workplaces, and gatherings is now the norm. Mobility managers’ roles have always needed to be fluid – shifting to address the changing mobility needs of local riders and community members. Now more than ever, the flexibility, creativity, and empathy that are pillars of this work will be critical to serving your community. For example, transportation services typically help community members travel to get groceries, medications, and other essential supplies. Now, we are asking how can we bring groceries, medications, etc. to the community members?
While there is much to learn regarding Covid-19, NCMM has published a blog post on steps mobility managers can take during this time to support their communities which you can access below. We have also collected the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the FTA and our partners; APTA, CTAA, and Easterseals. Additionally, please let us know how you are handling the pandemic through our brief survey at the bottom of this page.
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Daily Mobility News on COVID-19
The CDC issued new guidelines for Americans using public transportation during the coronavirus pandemic, as many parts of the country and New York state begin phased reopenings. Here are some of those guidelines as issued by the CDC: Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. Practice social distancing. Wear cloth face coverings. Stay home when appropriate.
Is it possible the pandemic will turn the usual urban gridlock into a hellscape? If people continue to be wary about their safety on buses, trains and subways, and commuters who can afford it resort to driving themselves, navigating cities might become impossible. Technology can’t fix a problem that demands smart policy and a rethinking of how cities work. But