Transportation & travel
Sunday, March 29, 2020
- 3/28/2020 CDC travel advisory for NY tri-state area after Trump says quarantine not necessary
March 28, 2020, thehill.com, by J. Edward Moreno
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel advisory...for the New York tri-state area [New York, New Jersey, Connecticut]...The advisory discourages people living in those three states from traveling domestically. It does not apply to those employed by critical infrastructure industries..."Due to extensive community transmission of COVID-19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately."
- 3/24/2020 MTA buses are now free to ride to keep drivers safe from COVID-19.
- Public transportation will keep running to get nurses, doctors, law enforcement officers, and other essential personnel where they need to go. Everyone else: Limit the use of public transportation to only when absolutely necessary. If ridership decreases, schedules may be adjusted.
- Alternate Side Parking is suspended until March 31st and may be extended further. Please keep the sidewalks and streets clean 18" from the curb into the street.
- For-hire carpooling rides (such as Uber Pool and Lyft Line) are suspended.
- The State Department raised its travel advisory for all international travel from 3 to 4, the most serious category, and advised all Americans who are abroad to return, or make plans to be there for a while. American travelers have been stranded in some countries, and some have complained that the U.S. embassies have not provided enough help to get them home.
- As of 3/18/2020, Nonessential travel between the United States and Canada will no longer be allowed.
- 3/23/2020 All MTA buses will implement rear door boarding to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to MTA employees. Regular fare policy remains in effect wherever on-board payment boxes or SBS off-board ticket machines continue to be accessible.
- 3/26/2020 Buses will operate at 75% of normal service. This reflects a steep drop in ridership.
- 3/26/2020 Street Closure Pilot to provide space for solitary exercise: Park Avenue will be closed to vehicles from 28th to 34th Streets.
- 3/26/2020 Citibike is offering free 30-day memberships for critical workforce in response to COVID-19. More information available citibikenyc.com/critical-workforce-membership-press-release