January 23, 2021

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a palm tree on a sidewalk: A docking station at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. (Keshav Singh/HT)


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A docking station at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. (Keshav Singh/HT)

Good news for cycle enthusiasts in the city: from December 10, the public bicycle-sharing system will be rolled out across the city.

Being launched as a pilot under the Cycles4Change challenge, under the project cycles will be offered on an half-hourly payment basis.

Chandigarh is one of the 95 cities to have registered for the challenge, which aims to encourage cities to implement cycling-friendly initiatives in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

KK Yadav, MC commissioner and CEO of Chandigarh Smart City Limited, said, “We will be launching the pilot project with 25 docking stations and 250 bicycles.”

The project will be launched from the Rock Garden by Punjab governor and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore on December 19, added Yadav.

The docking stations have been installed in different locations including the Rock Garden, high court, Sukhna Lake, PGIMER, Sectors 17, 22, 34, and 43.

The user charges will be ₹5 for half an hour (for members) and ₹10 for non-members. People will be able to use the cycle through a mobile app that will allow booking of the ride and availing an annual membership.

The bicycles are GPS-enabled and will be supported by a 24×7 control centre with a facility of a call centre and where cycle movement can be tracked.

Main project by December-end

After much delay in commencing, the public bicycle-sharing project being implemented by the CSCL is now picking pace.

In the first phase, which is scheduled to be completed by December-end, 600 cycles will be available at 60 dock stations across the city. Even the availability of e-bikes will be a part of Phase 1.

“The docking station location and designs are getting necessary approvals from the UT urban planning department. A committee of the CSCL, the department and the firm installing the stations has visited the proposed locations, and the plans have been prepared keeping in mind the requirements of each site,” said a CSCL official.

After the project is completed, expectedly by June 2021, as many as 5,000 ordinary cycles and 600 e-bikes will be available on hourly rent basis at 617 dock stations in the city.

According to the agreement, the firm will execute the project in multiple phases over the course of the next 18 months, to make 2,000 cycles available at 200 dock stations within the next six months. The firm will invest money to set up all requisite infrastructures and in return, it will get advertising rights from the UT at dock stations.

The pedal-assisted bicycles or electric-bicycles (e-bikes) will be also made available under the project. E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and can reach speeds of 25 to 30 km per hour. The electric motor installed on the cycle is meant to add to human power generated through pedaling and not completely replace it.

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Good news for cycle enthusiasts in the city: from December 10, the public bicycle-sharing system will be rolled out across the city.

Being launched as a pilot under the Cycles4Change challenge, under the project cycles will be offered on an half-hourly payment basis.

Chandigarh is one of the 95 cities to have registered for the challenge, which aims to encourage cities to implement cycling-friendly initiatives in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

KK Yadav, MC commissioner and CEO of Chandigarh Smart City Limited, said, “We will be launching the pilot project with 25 docking stations and 250 bicycles.”

The project will be launched from the Rock Garden by Punjab governor and UT administrator VP Singh Badnore on December 19, added Yadav.

The docking stations have been installed in different locations including the Rock Garden, high court, Sukhna Lake, PGIMER, Sectors 17, 22, 34, and 43.

The user charges will be ₹5 for half an hour (for members) and ₹10 for non-members. People will be able to use the cycle through a mobile app that will allow booking of the ride and availing an annual membership.

The bicycles are GPS-enabled and will be supported by a 24×7 control centre with a facility of a call centre and where cycle movement can be tracked.

Main project by December-end

After much delay in commencing, the public bicycle-sharing project being implemented by the CSCL is now picking pace.

In the first phase, which is scheduled to be completed by December-end, 600 cycles will be available at 60 dock stations across the city. Even the availability of e-bikes will be a part of Phase 1.

“The docking station location and designs are getting necessary approvals from the UT urban planning department. A committee of the CSCL, the department and the firm installing the stations has visited the proposed locations, and the plans have been prepared keeping in mind the requirements of each site,” said a CSCL official.

After the project is completed, expectedly by June 2021, as many as 5,000 ordinary cycles and 600 e-bikes will be available on hourly rent basis at 617 dock stations in the city.

According to the agreement, the firm will execute the project in multiple phases over the course of the next 18 months, to make 2,000 cycles available at 200 dock stations within the next six months. The firm will invest money to set up all requisite infrastructures and in return, it will get advertising rights from the UT at dock stations.

The pedal-assisted bicycles or electric-bicycles (e-bikes) will be also made available under the project. E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and can reach speeds of 25 to 30 km per hour. The electric motor installed on the cycle is meant to add to human power generated through pedaling and not completely replace it.

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Just one year ago, some 1.3 million people rode the subway, bus, ferry, or commuter rail on an average workday in Massachusetts. Today, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of work and everyday life as we knew it, the number of daily riders is down to 300,000. They work in hospitals, small businesses, and grocery stores. They take care of the elderly and disabled or have other jobs and commitments that don’t afford them the luxury of staying home or working remotely.

With that drastic drop in ridership, the MBTA has proposed drastic service cuts that, if approved, would be rolled out next year. “We do this with great regret,” said MBTA general manager Steve Poftak in an interview. “This is an unprecedented financial situation. . . . We are doing our best to manage through this.”

That perspective implies that the pandemic-controlled world we see today is the world we will be looking at six months or even a year from now; that people won’t be flocking back to Boston to work and play anytime soon; that there will be no new revenue to fill the gaps from their absence.

But with news of a vaccine on the verge of gaining FDA approval, it’s possible that ridership bounces back sooner than expected. And even if it doesn’t, there are other ways out of this trouble.

The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board could hold off on the package of proposed cuts. The state Legislature could finally come through with a transportation funding package that includes a modest increase to the gas tax. And Governor Charlie Baker could sign it into law.

If our political leaders fail to act, this could one day be viewed as the moment they chose to stand by and watch the unraveling of the state’s public transportation system — instead of help it grow.

For those who believe the T’s proposed cuts represent prudent planning in the face of looming fiscal disaster, consider this: According to Poftak, the agency received $827 million in federal funding under Congress’s big stimulus bill, the CARES Act, and that money is currently being used to backfill the dramatic drop in revenue. In other words, the T is not currently in the red. The MBTA is proposing cuts based on projections of a shortfall that could run as high as $575 million for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2021. Poftak acknowledged that, but said the T is trying to set aside “any money we can” to offset projected losses.

Here’s what that means: The subway system would shut down at midnight, and overall there would be a 20 percent cut in frequency of service starting sometime in the new year. Bus service would stop at midnight, too, and more than half of current bus routes would see a reduction in frequency of between 20 and 30 percent. The current schedule of 505 daily commuter rail runs would be reduced to 435. Rail service would end

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Illustration for article titled Public Transportation Has Been Key To Civil Rights Movements Throughout History

Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images)

In an essay published after his death, civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. called public transportation—buses, subways, trams, and more—as a “genuine civil rights issue.” He pointed out the crucial factor that Atlanta’s public transit systems were designed to serve white communities, not the Black communities—and it has a serious impact on the socioeconomic status of civil rights movements.

An incredible new essay from the McGill International Review, “The Power of Public Transportation in Social Justice” by Dana Malapit, lays out the crucial history of how public transit has served civil rights movements. And it makes sense: we often peg the fight for Black rights on Rosa Parks refusing to sit on a segregated bus.

It’s still on the forefront of civil rights discourse today in North America, which the essay dictates:

In US cities, 34 per cent of Black people and 27 per cent of Hispanic people rely on public transit as their main method of transportation, compared to only 15 per cent of white urban residents. At the same time, richer and whiter communities rely on public transit at much lower rates, as they tend to be able to afford cars and live in suburbs that are well-connected to urban centres through freeways.

It’s especially crucial during the era of COVID-19, when public transport has been perceived as more dangerous but members of those marginalized or lower income communities are often still the ones who have to take public transport en route to jobs that require them to interact with the public.

Transportation has been disruptive to these communities for ages. Highways have been built through the middle of traditionally-Black neighborhoods, and chronically underfunded transit has prioritized white neighborhoods.

Here’s a little more from “The Connection Between Public Transit and Employment” by Thomas W. Sanchez (emphasis mine):

Why, then, might employment levels not be positively influenced by the availability of public transit service? First, poor route configuration could mean that although a worker has good access from her or his residence, the transit system may not go close enough to appropriate employment locations (Meyer & Gómez-Ibáñez, 1981). Second, public transit may provide an insufficient level of service (frequency, coverage, etc.) for entry-level, low-skill, temporary, or shift-work positions (Kihl, Knox, & Sanchez, 1997). Transit services which are available when workers leave for work may not be available when they need to return home. Third, public transit may simply not be seen as a cost-effective means of transportation to work. This may be due to lack of knowledge about transit routes and scheduling or the unwillingness of workers to trade the time cost of travel by bus or rail for the lower overall travel costs of autos (O’Sullivan, 1993). It would seem, however, that if a lack of mobility or access to employment contributes to low labor participation rates, public transit would provide a solution for at least a portion

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LONDON — British electric vehicle start-up Arrival announced Wednesday that it will go public through a merger with a U.S. blank-check company.

This year has seen a flurry of SPACs, or special purpose acquisition companies, come to market as businesses have shunned the traditional initial public offering process. SPACs are companies that raise funds to finance a merger deal that takes the target firm public.

In Arrival’s case, the London-based company is set to combine with CIIG Merger Corp, a SPAC set up by U.S. businessman Peter Cuneo. Cuneo previously ran the American personal care brand Remington and comic book publisher Marvel as CEO. He will join Arrival’s board as non-executive chairman, while founder Denis Sverdlov will remain as CEO.

The deal gives Arrival an enterprise value of $5.4 billion — it was last privately valued at 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in January — with the combined company expected to raise a total of $660 million in gross cash proceeds. Arrival will list on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “ARVL,” with the deal expected to close by early 2021.

What is Arrival?

Arrival competes with Rivian, a company that has won backing from Amazon, in the electric van space. It received a massive order to the tune of 10,000 vehicles from U.S. parcel service UPS, which is also an investor in the company. Arrival’s other backers include Hyundai, Kia and BlackRock.

Arrival says it stands out from other electric vehicle makers as it’s purely focused on the commercial market rather than selling to consumers. Founded in 2015, Arrival says its technology is “vertically integrated” all the way from production to development.

Its two main vehicle products are vans and buses. Avinash Rugoobur, Arrival’s president, told CNBC that it expects to start production on its bus in the fourth quarter of next year, while van production will begin in the second quarter of 2022.

“Our technology is at a maturity level where we’re looking to scale the company rapidly now,” Rugoobur told CNBC in an interview Wednesday.

‘Microfactories’

Rugoobur added that the rise in the market value of Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla — which is now the world’s most valuable automaker — was a validation of the green energy transition. Arrival’s vehicles can be sold for a price point similar to — and even cheaper than — that of diesel vehicles, he said.

Another thing that the company says makes it unique is its production model. The firm has developed what it calls “microfactories” which are much smaller than traditional auto production lines and can be packed into existing warehouse real estate.

It is aiming to make three to four of these factories — which take up about 20,000 square meters of space and cost $45 million to make — per year.

SPACs have proven an increasingly popular way for companies to list in the U.S., with a number of businesses from space transportation firm Momentus to direct-to-consumer health company Hims merging with blank-check firms.

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Jefferson Parish leaders learned the ultraviolet light kills proteins in viruses like the Flu or COVID-19.

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — Jefferson Parish Transit leaders are taking extra steps to make sure people are safe during the pandemic.

Leaders have recently purchased ultraviolet light systems to make sure transit riders are safe on the bus.

“I decided it was wonderful product to invest in for our constituents,” Ninette Barrios, Jefferson Transit Director said.

PURO produced the ultraviolent. Leaders from the company said they’ve used the lighting system for New York’s transit system.

“15-30 minutes into the disinfectant cycle you got a fresh disinfected bus we still recommend manually cleaning the space, with the pandemic we’re not only able to help people in healthcare but transit authority, schools and buses,” Jim Colantomi with PURO said.

Jefferson Parish leaders learned the ultraviolet light kills proteins in viruses like the Flu or COVID-19 which is why they feel it’s a good investment to keep transit riders safe.

In addition to the ultraviolet light system, leaders are also using an adhesive product from Nanoseptic.

The adhesive is placed on general locations the public touches like handrails, and it’s powered by any kind of light.

Once the light hits the adhesive, it cleans itself.

“And it’s stronger than bleach which is unbelievable, “Ninette Barrios said

Jefferson Parish Transit leaders have purchased 5 which have cost about $56,0000. They’ll be used at the bus warehouses on the East of Westbank of the parish.

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A new initiative by the Transportation Ministry plans to expand the availability of public transportation in the West Bank.

The plan includes an outline for the short term up until 2025, medium term up to 2035, and the long term up to 2045.

Building infrastructure in the West Bank is a project faced with several obstacles, such as dealing with the large area the plan has to cover, and navigating the multiple ruling bodies in the area such as the local councils, the IDF and the Palestinian Authority. 

“Today is an exciting day for the settlements and for the State of Israel, which is building and is being built in all areas of the country,” said Transportation Minister 

Miri Regev

“After listening to the needs of the people in the field, and seeing the strategic needs of the area, I am proud to present the result of this process we’ve had at our office, which presents a holistic vision to all fields of transportation and which supports future plans for the area,” she said. “I am glad to say that the plan was made in cooperation with the local authorities which incorporates both local needs and national vision.”

“It’s exciting to see the plan for transportation in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Rift Valley after 53 years of settlements existing,” said Yesha Council head David Elhayani. Addressing Regev, he said that “you were given the right to enact this plan. Had it been made 10 years ago, [it] would have brought about 10 million Israelis to live here. 

“This plan connects the settlements to the rest of the country and acts as de facto sovereignty,” he said. “It’s time to turn it into a practical thing in the area.”

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COVID-19 Transportation Information

The Hopkinton Public Schools, like all school districts across the Commonwealth, were charged with designing a reentry plan, unique to the needs of the Hopkinton Community, and in keeping with the “Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance”  issued by the Commissioner of Education, Jeffrey Riley on June 25, 2020.  Here is the Transportation specific information.  Please see the full reentry plan for more details.  

9/23/2020 Transportation Change Requests

9/15/20 New Legacy North Bus Stops

9/14/2020 Transportation Reminders

9/7/2020 Transportation Welcome Back letter

 

New Student ID’s / Z Pass

Students will be issued a new smart Student ID.  The ID will have the student ID number as a bar code, an RFID chip and a QR code.  This ID will function as the bus pass, enable touchless payments in the cafeteria and more.  For transportation, the student ID must be scanned upon entering and exiting the bus.  The RFID chip interfaces with the new system called

Z Pass.   Z Pass ridership capability enables the district to know who is on the bus and where and when they entered or exited. The information is transmitted to a secure database.  The transportation department will use this information to locate a rider, and improve routes and utilization.  This will increase safety and efficiency for the district.  The Student ID will come hole punched for attaching  to backpacks, lanyards etc.  Students must have their ID at all times for riding the bus.  There will be a replacement fee charged for lost or damaged cards.

 

The district provides transportation to students in grades Kindergarten (K) through grade six (6).  Students in grades seven (7) through twelve (12) must purchase a bus pass to be eligible for transportation. Every effort will be made to provide safe, comfortable and pleasant transportation service while maintaining an appropriate level of efficiency. 

Effective transportation service requires cooperation among bus drivers & staff, school administrators, students and parents/guardians.  Transportation rules and procedures are provided so you can be familiar with our expectations and the transportation procedures.  The bus is an extension of the classroom and the bus driver is an extension of the teacher, thus all district policies are also observed on district transportation.

The Transportation Office is located in the HPS Central Administration building at 
89 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton, MA.

The new Student ID must be scanned upon entering and exiting the bus.  All students should be at their designated bus stop 5-10 minutes before their scheduled pick-up time.  It is the parent responsibility to get students to and from the bus stop.  Bus routes will be published the last week of August.  Please see below for additional information based on your student grade level.

GRADES K-5          GRADE 6          GRADES 7-12

 

Additional Information:

BUS CONDUCT ITEMS ALLOWED ON THE BUS PARKING PASS

 KINDERGARTEN PROTOCOLS TRANSPORTATION FAQ’s

Transportation Forms:

Application for Bus Pass (PAPER)      Bus Stop Review Request Form

PAY ONLINE USING THE MYSCHOOLBUCKS LINK BELOW – FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO PAY ONLINE HERE. 

OR PAPER APPLICATION BUTTON

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  • Need to get from the airport to your downtown hotel? It will cost you $2 if you take Phoenix’s Valley Metro light-rail system. The cost of an all-day pass is $4.

  • But getting from the airport to downtown affordably is just one of light rail’s perks. The 28-mile line links Phoenix to the neighboring communities of Tempe and Mesa, and includes stops at attractions such as Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, Chase Field, Talking Stick Resort Arena and Tempe’s Mill Avenue.

  • Light rail’s quiet, air-conditioned trains operate 18-22 hours per day, seven days a week, and stop every 12-20 minutes. The system operates at street level and is powered by electricity from overhead wires.

  • There are 38 stations along the line, and they are adorned with $8 million worth of public art. The artwork at each station reflects the character of the community where it is located. Station platforms can accommodate the boarding of 600 passengers onto a three-car train within 30 seconds. 

  • Convenient transportation to the airport comes by way of PHX Sky Train. This driverless people mover transports Valley Metro Light Rail passengers to the airport from the 44th Street/Washington Street station.

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    The City of Los Angeles Transportation (LADOT) currently operates the second largest fleet in Los Angeles County. LADOT’s transit fleet serves approximately 30 million passenger boardings per year.

    DASH Downtown

    Six quick bus routes through Downtown depart every five to 15 minutes between 5:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and every six to 20 minutes between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

    •     Route A – Little Tokyo to City West
    •     Route B – Chinatown to Financial District
    •     Route D – Union Station to South Park
    •     Route E – City West to Fashion District
    •     Route F – Financial District to Exposition Park/USC

    DASH also Serves:

    •     Beachwood Canyon
    •     Boyle Heights/East LA
    •     Chesterfield Square
    •     Crenshaw
    •     Downtown Los Angeles
    •     El Sereno/City Terrace
    •     Fairfax
    •     Highland Park/Eagle Rock
    •     Hollywood
    •     Hollywood/West Hollywood
    •     Hollywood/Wilshire
    •     King-East
    •     Leimert/Slauson
    •     Lincoln Heights/Chinatown
    •     Los Feliz
    •     Midtown
    •     Northridge
    •     Panorama City/Van Nuys
    •     Pico Union/Echo Park
    •     San Pedro
    •     Southeast Los Angeles
    •     Van Nuys/Studio City
    •     Vermont/Main
    •     Watts
    •     Wilmington
    •     Wilshire Center/Koreatown

    Commuter Express

    LADOT offers stress-free, reliable bus service to Downtown Los Angeles in the morning and back in the afternoon from communities reaching from the beach cities to the San Fernando Valley.

    For more information, visit the DASH website.

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