Actions shared include converting parking spaces into restaurant food pick-up zones, allowing rear-door bus boarding, suspending fare collections and converting car lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) have launched an online resource hub to give mayors, city officials and transit operators real-time information on the transport strategies cities are deploying to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.
The resource hub aims to act as a “clearing house” for actionable, adaptable practices already implemented in many cities. These include converting parking spaces into restaurant food pick-up zones; suspending fare collections; allowing rear-door bus boarding; waiving transit fares; and converting car lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.
“Transportation systems play a key role in responding to emergencies and need to be nimble,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, NACTO chair and principal, Bloomberg Associates. “The Covid Transportation Response Centre has the new rules of engagement cities need to keep people moving and support the local and national response to this unprecedented pandemic.”
The site will be continually updated with the latest practices and programmes covering safety, deliveries, parking, Covid-19 testing facilitation, communication and more.
“The coronavirus has disrupted transportation across the nation, but it’s imperative that we keep emergency personnel and supply chains moving, residents safe and transit workers protected,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and former mayor of New York City. “As mayors and other officials work to do all of that, this new resource will help get effective strategies into the hands of transportation leaders nationwide when they need them most.”
The resource hub aims to act as a “clearing house” for actionable, adaptable practices already implemented in many cities.
Working with a range of partners, Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched a series of initiatives to help cities respond to coronavirus, including the COVID-19 Local Response Initiative and the COVID-19 Local Action Tracker. It also pledged $40 million to fight coronavirus in Africa and other lower-income countries.
In collaboration with the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), Bloomberg is delivering a programme to help cities secure federal aid and monitor expenses.
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