Google Maps is adding transit crowd predictions covering 10,000 transit systems in 100 countries, making it easier for you to tell how busy your train or subway line will be, even down to each car.
The transit predictions are based on AI technology, user feedback and location trends over time, the search giant said Wednesday. And in New York and Sydney, the crowdedness indicator goes down to a car-by-car level — so you’ll have an idea of which parts of the train to avoid.
Transit ridership plunged during the pandemic, but as vaccines roll out in many areas worldwide, use of transit directions on Google Maps has increased 50% compared to last year in the US, according to Google. But even as we return to our normal travels, it will still take time for many people to feel comfortable in crowded places like a packed subway.
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While the Google Maps update is now available for iOS and Android users, Android users who enable location tracking will also see a new tab in your timeline with traveling trends based on your location history. You’ll be able to see how much time is spent at your favorite shops, and which modes of transportation you used most. Google Maps also lets you relive past trips by saving places from your timeline and sharing them with friends.
Google said privacy and security remain a priority, and that the Maps update will use anonymization technology and differential privacy to keep your location history private.
We’ll show you how to easily use these new features for a smoother trip. If Google’s predictions are right, you’ll have a comfier commute (and hopefully a seat). You can also see our favorite Google Maps tricks and how to stop Google from tracking you (Hint: You’ll need to do more than disable your location).
How to check for crowded public transportation with Google Maps
1. Open Maps, type in your destination and tap Directions.
2. At the top of the screen, select your your transportation preference (for example, bus or subway).
3. Select your route, if there are multiple ways to get there.
4. When you’re reviewing your route you’ll see a section under the public transit section that asks “What’s it like on board?” You’ll see a message that says “Not too crowded,” “Very crowded,” or other prediction messages.
5. If you get on a train or bus that Google Maps predicts not to be too crowded, but it’s busier than the app says, you can change the prediction by tapping on the alert and selecting if it’s crowded or at capacity based on what you see. All submissions are public.
You may also see a message that says “Public transport services are modified due
Fully vaccinated Americans can now ditch their masks in outdoor transit hubs and on outdoor public transportation, the Centers for Disease Control said in updated guidance issued Thursday.
The new recommendations apply to any outdoor transportation areas, like outside an airport or a bus stop, as well as outdoor areas of public transportation, like the deck of a ferry or an open-air trolley.
Unvaccinated travelers should still continue to wear their masks in all public transportation-related areas, indoors and outdoors, the agency noted.
“CDC will continue to evaluate the requirements of its Order and determine whether additional changes may be warranted,” the agency wrote. “While those who are fully vaccinated may resume many activities without wearing a mask, the travel environment presents a unique set of circumstances based on the number and close interaction of travelers (both vaccinated and unvaccinated).”
When it comes to vaccine progress, 64% of Americans 18 and older have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 53.4% are considered fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
So far,ABC News reported 13 states have vaccinated at least 70% of their adult populations with at least one dose: Pennsylvania, Vermont, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Washington, Maryland, and California.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.
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
BUS CONDUCTITEMS ALLOWED ON THE BUSPARKING PASS
KINDERGARTEN PROTOCOLSTRANSPORTATION FAQ’s
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.
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.
As parts of Europe and the United States begin to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions and allow people to go shopping, visit relatives and return to work, public officials are facing a new conundrum: How can people travel safely in crowded cities?
Italy is poised to serve as a major test case. On Sunday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that many restrictions on daily life will be eased starting next Monday, but he warned that people would still need to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing and wear masks in certain circumstances.
“If we do not respect the precautions, the curve will go up, the deaths will increase and we will have irreversible damage to our economy,” Conte said in a televised address to the nation. “If you love Italy, keep your distance.”
Some 2.7 million Italians are expected to return to work next week, with 15% of them anticipated to use public transportation, according to Italian authorities.
Thus, government officials and business leaders are scrambling to develop protocols to allow people to move about freely without triggering a surge in coronavirus infections.
Under new guidelines that are being considered, the number of people allowed on buses and trains is likely to be restricted. Markers will be placed on the ground in metro stations to enforce social distancing, and camera systems and personnel will be deployed to help count passengers and prevent overcrowding, according to HuffPost Italy.
Italy’s transport ministry has suggested that electronic ticket machines will likely become standard, with hand sanitizer dispensers installed nearby. Trains and buses will be disinfected regularly, and the way passengers board and exit vehicles and stations will be adjusted. Moreover, a key goal of any plan will be to spread out daily commuters in order to reduce congestion.
Already, new measures are being tested in Rome. During a three-hour testing period on Friday, only 30 passengers were allowed into stations every three minutes at two of the city’s metro lines, and the number of passengers on each train was capped at 150, HuffPost Italy reported. On the train platforms, blue stripes with small dots indicated how far apart passengers needed to stand. Passages connecting the two lines were closed to prevent people from crossing each other and creating crowds.
In addition, many cities are hoping to encourage people to use alternate forms of transportation. Bologna has requested support from the federal government for the purchase of e-bikes and electric scooters, for example, and Milan has unveiled an ambitious plan to remake
The Office of Transportation Services is responsible for providing the safe and efficient transportation of all eligible students to and from schools and school activities each day. To accomplish this monumental task, a team of dedicated routing, safety, and administrative specialists combined with a host of drivers and attendants work together to maintain a high level of service for all of our clients.
Our dedicated team works together every day to ensure the safe transportation of our students. Safety is also the reason that we do not post school bus routes and bus stops on our website. If you need that information for your student, you must go in person to the school. Schools will mail bus schedules to families in August of each school year.
If you have concerns about your child’s school bus transportation, speak to the transportation supervisor responsible for your school or call the Office of Transportation Services at703-446-2000.
For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), you will need to contact Safety and Security at571-423-2000.
Bus Delay Notification System
Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS’ bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the FCPS Mobile App to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information will be available until noon. Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.
E-Notify (BlackboardConnect) email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays. Need assistance or have questions? Contact the Transportation office listed for your school. For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.),contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.
Kindergarten students who ride the bus in the afternoon are to be met at the bus door and asked for by name by a parent, parent designee, guardian, or a responsible middle school age or higher sibling. Children will be returned to school if the driver has concerns for their safety.
In case of emergencies such as road closures, accidents, or weather related road problems, drivers may use safe transportation-approved alternate locations to pick up or drop off students. If there is not a safe transportation-approved alternative stop, the driver may choose to return to school.
Drivers may also choose to return to the school if they have concerns regarding the safety of releasing a student at a regular stop, or if a child expresses concern for any reason about getting off of the bus.
Walking and Bicycling
Safe Routes to School programs get kids physically active and take cars off the road. In the last 40 years, we have seen student walking and bicycling to school decline from 48% (1969) to 13% (2009). During this same time period, the percentage of parents using Kiss and Ride has increased. The increase in Kiss and Ride users has complicated traffic conditions around many schools and has made it more difficult for student walkers and bicyclists to get
Some are hesitant to use public transportation during the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s what transportation officials are doing to help reduce risk.
DENVER – Sisters Trinity and Kiki Williams looked around the crowded bus stop as the #15 bus rumbled down Colfax Avenue toward them.
The bus looked to be about half full, the driver wearing a bandanna stretched across his nose and mouth to comply with government recommendations intended to help slow the spread of coronavirus. But among the awaiting passengers, only one wore a face covering.
“I’m damn nervous,” said Kiki Williams, 19. “There’s too many of us.”
For protection, the women, who are African American, wore blue rubber gloves but no masks. “We forgot them at home,” said Trinity Williams, 18.
Like millions of Americans, the Williams sisters depend on public transit at a time when health officials have told Americans to stay 6 feet apart and recommended that they wear face masks in public.
“It’s the only transportation we’ve got right now,” said Trinity Williams, whose car broke down and won’t be repaired for weeks.
While transit ridership has dropped dramatically across the country during the coronavirus outbreak, millions of Americans are still riding public buses and trains, putting themselves and anyone they encounter at risk as they commute to work, go to the grocery store, visit the doctor, or, like the Williams sisters, travel to see family.
A passenger loads his bike onto an RTD bus in Denver before boarding during the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY)
Experts say most of the people who have stopped riding are white-collar workers who can work from home and who tend to be white, leaving many of the country’s poorest workers, who are disproportionately people of color, with no other choice but to pack into a small space designed to carry lots of people. In New York City, at least 41 transit workers have died from coronavirus infections, far more than police officers and firefighters.
“As always, higher-income households have more choices,” said Evelyn Blumenberg, director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and an urban planning professor at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairswho studies how urban structures affect low-wage workers. “For low-income workers who have to take transit, they’re in a confined place, in close proximity to other people. Their problems are compounded. They have no other option.”
Preliminary data from states such as New York, Colorado and Michigan suggests African Americans and other minorities are dying from coronavirus-related complications at a much higher rate than their white counterparts, in
Forget all the negative information about public traffic in LA. It’s just as good and safe as anywhere in the world. Take the bus and metro and see it’s fairly reliable and that drivers are friendly and polite (towards every person!). Same goes for security people. Just take that bus, stop complaining and meet the world!
There are over 200 metro bus lines and 6 metro rail lines in the Los Angeles area that are run by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). You can get to almost anywhere in the developed parts of Los Angeles County on Metro and/or on other local transit services. Some transfers are quick and easy; others, less so. Detailed information, along with a trip planner, can be found here: http://www.metro.net/default.asp
The metro rail lines are:
1. Green line Metro Rail (above ground): Runs east/west between Norwalk and Redondo Beach with a stop at LAX (Note: the Green Line’s trains do not service the beach itself; you must transfer to a Bay Cities Transit bus to reach the beach.. Similarly, the LAX station for the Green Line is not at LAX. A shuttle bus meets the train and transfers passengers to the airport.
2. Red Line Metro Rail (underground): Service between Union Station (Downtown), Mid-Wilshire area, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley (Universal Studios and North Hollywood).
3. Purple Line Metro Rail (underground) Service between Union Station (Downtown), Mid-Wilshire area and Koreatown.
4. Blue Line Metro Rail (mostly above ground): Runs north/south between Los Angeles and Long Beach.
5. Gold Line Metro Rail: Runs northeast into Pasadena and southeast to East Los Angeles.
6. Expo Line Metro Rail: Runs from downtown L.A. to Culver City and, eventually, will continue to the ocean.
Other Public Transit LInes:
Orange Line Metro Transit Way (from North Hollywood to Woodland Hills/Warner): Metro names this line with a color (Orange) like the metro RAIL lines but classifies it as a “transit way”. It operates like a rail line in that it runs on a separate “right of way” (its own roadway) but it uses buses.
Santa Monica, Venice and much of the “‘west side” is accessible only by bus. Sometimes, more than one bus needs to be taken. Unlike the metro rail, the metro buses are affected by automobile traffic, making the ride longest during rush hours (weekdays between 6 and 9 in the morning and between 2:30 and 7:00 in the afternoon and evening).
Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus #3 runs frequently along Lincoln Blvd (a street which is sometimes referred to as ‘Route 1’), connects easily to the Culver City Bus #1 directly to Venice Beach, and also goes directly into Santa Monica. The #3 also services LAX via the LAX “Transit Center” a bus depot adjacent to LAX, accessible to LAX passengers via a free shuttle bus that serves the adjacent parking area for the airport. The shuttle bus is known as the “Parking Lot C” shuttle.
Drone footage of downtown Newark during the coronavirus pandemic.
New Jersey’s public transportation systems are eligible to receive up to $1.75 billion in CARES Act funds through the Federal Transit Administration.
That represents about 7% of the $25 billion in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security funding designated to assist transit agencies experiencing drastically low ridership, increased protective equipment costs and leave expenses for sick employees. New Jersey is home to the largest statewide transportation system in the country, NJ Transit.
“We know that many of our nation’s public transportation systems are facing extraordinary challenges and these funds will go a long way to assisting our transit industry partners in battling COVID-19,” K. Jane Williams, FTA acting administrator, said in an announcement. “These federal funds will support operating assistance to transit agencies, including those in large urban areas, as well as pay transit workers across the country not working because of the public health emergency.”
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The next step will require states eligible for these funds to determine how much each transit agency, including NJ Transit and the Port Authority, which runs PATH, will be allocated. According to letters sent to U.S. lawmakers last month, NJ Transit requested $1.25 billion and the Port Authority said it expected to see $1.9 billion in revenue losses and extra expenses.
Once those amounts are determined, agencies will send in grant applications for different costs or expenses, which have to be approved by the FTA and U.S. Department of Labor, and then seek reimbursement. These reimbursement requests include costs incurred after Jan. 1, 2020, for things like hand sanitizer or other cleaning products, money spent on salaries for cleaners, leave of absences for sick employees and fare box revenue deficits.
Thirty-two NJ Transit employees and 23 Port Authority employees have tested positive for coronavirus, the agencies said.
Fares account for about 40% of NJ Transit’s revenue, which in any given month is around $82.8 million, based on an average of fare box revenue from the last eight months starting in February. These days, however, systemwide ridership is down about 90%.
The Port Authority does not depend on taxpayer money to operate, relying on usage fees, fares and rentals, in large part, for its revenue streams. After it experienced record-breaking growth recently, the rates of use and volume were down systemwide at its ports, airports, crossings, and PATH, officials said at last month’s board meeting.
The funding formulas are determined, in part, based on urbanized areas and population density in different regions. Here’s the breakdown:
Areas with 1 million+ population: $1,599,802,132.
Areas with populations between 200,000 and 1 million: $123,030,612.
Areas with populations between 50,000 and 199,999: $16,043,208.
Rural areas: $13,321,545.
Colleen Wilson covers the Port Authority and NJ Transit for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to her work covering the region’s transportation systems and how they affect your commute, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.