COVID-19

Resources for managing streets during COVID response, recovery, and beyond

By Rayla Bellis Cities have rapidly implemented new street design and management strategies in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic. These emerging best practices can provide a roadmap for other cities to follow as they respond to current needs, reopen their economies, and adjust to

Post-COVID travel patterns—a survey by the MassINC Polling Group

By Saumya Jain In a recent public opinion survey conducted by the MassINC Polling Group, Massachusetts residents expected to travel less in the future due to COVID-19’s impact. However, many residents expect to increase their trips by car and decrease trips by transit. A majority of residents

Researchers look at the transportation future as the country reopens

By Robbie Webber As the economy recovers from COVID-19, how can we emerge with a better, stronger, and more resilient transportation system? Three recent reports analyzing the impact of the pandemic on transportation and personal attitudes toward transportation may offer some clues. Vanderbilt

What states and cities can do to mitigate speeding during the pandemic

By Rayla Bellis Traffic volumes have plummeted since the pandemic. While that has led to fewer crashes overall in some states and cities, a growing number report large increases in speeding citations. In California, the number of tickets issued for driving above 100 miles per hour is 87 percent

Exposure to particulate pollution shown to increase COVID-19 death rate

By Michael Brenneis Coming at a time when the current federal administration continues to relax pollution controls, a new paper under review presents evidence that exposure to pollution—including that from motor vehicles—reduces the survival rate of individuals who have contracted COVID-19.

Has reduced travel during the COVID-19 crisis made streets safer?

By Rayla Bellis As more data begins to emerge, COVID-19’s impact on traffic crashes and severity is proving complicated. Collisions and fatalities have declined in many places with data available, though not everywhere. However, collision rates and injury and fatality rates appear to be up in a

Cities open streets to create more space for walking, biking during pandemic

By Robbie Webber Cities across the country are restricting motor vehicle use on some streets and reallocating road space to give residents more space to move by foot and bicycle while still maintaining appropriate distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. From New York to Burlington, VT, cities

Transit also in need of federal stimulus support

By Eric Sundquist Pictures of parked airplanes and dire warnings from airlines seem to have dominated the coronavirus-stimulus conversation around transportation. But just as the bottom has fallen out of the of the air travel market, so it has for local and regional transit and intercity rail