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64. The Intersection of COVID-19 and Transportation

Episode Summary

The unprecedented coronavirus crisis has affected Americans from coast to coast, with most living under stay-at-home orders. Yet millions of Americans have jobs they can’t video conference into – which is why the pandemic presents a unique challenge for city transportation departments, who need to keep people, goods, and services moving. In this episode of our series highlighting Bloomberg Philanthropies’ COVID-19 response, Janette Sadik-Khan, a Principal at Bloomberg Associates and Chair of NACTO, sat down with Corinne Kisner, Executive Director of NACTO, and Mark de la Vergne, the Chief of Mobility Innovation for the City of Detroit. They discuss how cities are continuing to run transit systems while keeping their own staffs safe, creative actions city transportation officials are taking in response to the pandemic, and how cities can provide safer, healthier transportation options for people going forward.