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Vancouver City Council has approved a pilot programme to explore how to make transportation more affordable for people on low incomes.

Through the initial pilot, the city will provide free or subsidised single-zone transit passes for 50-100 people experiencing poverty, with priority given to indigenous and BAME residents, including women, children, families, and people living in temporary modular housing.

The trial, which will be funded through CAN$50,000 (US$38,000) provided by the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), is envisioned as the first phase of a larger study that would span several municipalities in the future.

The

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The demand for bus services is found to be very high across the country.

With Union Ministry of Home advocating for unhindered inter-state travel, the industry is witnessing massive demand for travel from customers across the country, a Demand-Supply Conundrum report published by travel services platform Abhibus.

Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai and Goa have emerged as the top-5 cities where people are found to be searching for bus services.

Chennai has witnessed route searches of 6,00,000 weekly searches with Bengaluru-Chennai and Hyderabad-Chennai accounting for three lakh weekly searches each. Hyderabad due to limited routes is also most sought after on the list with seven lakh weekly searches. These include Vijayawada-Hyderabad (1.25 lakh searches), Vizag-Hyderabad (90,000 searches), Bengaluru-Hyderabad (1.60 lakh searches) routes.

“The supply side remains a huge dampener due to shortage of buses in most routes,” the report said.

“Private operators have opened up the routes despite a loss making

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A San Francisco school bus driver who was laid off due to the pandemic says she applied for unemployment benefits through the Employment Development Department back on July 3, but still hasn’t received an unemployment check.

Instead, on Tuesday Michelle Panganiban says she was shocked to find nearly one hundred letters from the EDD sent to her address. All the letters were addressed to names she didn’t recognize. She says the return addresses were from various EDD offices throughout the state and some even

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“I need a break. I am paying most of my check in transportation,” said Tiffany Hutchinson, who rode Route 189 in the College Park area before it was cut. “When will all the buses be running? Things are getting tight.”

The pandemic has had a big impact on public transportation across metro Atlanta. Last spring many passengers disappeared as schools and businesses shut down and commuters worried about the safety of riding on packed trains and buses.

In January, federal statistics show passengers took more than 4.3 million trips on MARTA buses. By May, when ridership bottomed out, it was down 50%.

Local transit agencies cut service, stepped up cleaning of vehicles and stations, and took other steps to protect passengers and drivers.

In March MARTA suspended bus fares and began boarding passengers at the rear door to separate them from drivers. In April the agency eliminated 70 of its

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No role in Kennedy Plaza bus hub

A recent letter to the editor (“Kennedy Plaza bus hub should be saved,” Aug. 16) erroneously claimed that The Providence Foundation is behind a “self-interested plan” for downtown bus hubs. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We had no hand in creating the new RIDOT multi-hub proposal, and have fought for decades to make downtown a vibrant and prosperous place for all people.

We successfully advocated for the elimination of unnecessary lanes of traffic in Kennedy Plaza that were dangerous to pedestrians and transit riders. We created the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and the Brandon’s Beach playground, which welcome and attract people of all backgrounds to Greater Kennedy Plaza.

We worked to make Burnside Park and other downtown parks ADA accessible. In 2014, we led the broad coalition supporting the transit bond, and we opposed an earlier RIDOT multi-hub proposal in 2019

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The shopping malls, hotel owners along with bus owners are preparing to start their business after five months of closure. The State Government has permitted them for opening of their establishment from Saturday by following some guidelines.

According to the guidelines for malls and hotels, which include measures like staggering visitors and temperature screenings at malls. Hand sanitiser and temperature screenings will be a must at entrances and visitors will be allowed only if they use face cover or masks which should be worn at all times inside.

The guideline further explained that the posters, standees, AV media on preventive measures about COVID-19 to be displayed prominently.

Adequate manpower shall be deployed by Mall Management for ensuring social distancing norms.

All employees who are at higher risk are older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions, to take extra precautions. They should preferably not be exposed to

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In early July, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services Act, which would provide $10 billion in emergency grants to school bus and motor coach companies. There has been no movement on the bill.

“These bus operators provide essential transportation services for millions of Americans,” said Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island and the lead sponsor of the legislation. “If the federal government fails to act, it will be hard to jump-start the economy when demand for transportation revs back up.”

The realities of running a school bus company during the pandemic pose a challenge.

Many states require buses to be no more than four to six years old, causing many companies to carry a constant loan payment on their fleet. An average

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