The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Urban Project developed a street rebalancing guide to help communities re-open safely.

Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space | Policy leadership | Re-opening

The COVID-19 Street Rebalancing Guide is for decision-makers and practitioners alike. Drawing on case studies from around the world, it offers strategies and practical guidance on rebalancing streets through three phases of COVID-19 response—from immediate to longer-term—including pedestrian and bike lanes, curbside queuing areas, and temporary patios and parklets. This is a unique opportunity to spark projects with transformative value. Temporary measures can be deployed quickly to address long-standing gaps—demonstrating value, building support for permanent installations, and providing a foundation for more walkable, livable cities across Canada.

Edmonton transit seeing big numbers of vulnerable people & youth riding transit all day — now looking at options to help non-destination riders while ensuring essential workers can get to where they need

Housing and homelessness | Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership | Public health

The city has created a new task force to help support “non-destination riders.” the city is working working with the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team – a partnership with the city, Edmonton police, Family Centre, the United Way and REACH – to work with these non-destination riders to make sure they can get the appropriate supports.

Canadian Urban Transit Association tracking COVID-19’s impacts on public transit industry

General: Sector resources | Mobility and transportation

CUTA is providing members with context and information on COVID-19 management, along with guidance on best practices for public transit operators during a pandemic.

Waived transit fares in Timmins inadvertently leads to surge in ridership

Mobility and transportation

“Despite a notable drop in overall ridership, we have experienced a recent surge in transit use by non-regular passengers which is likely a reflection of our current free fare structure and a lack of things to do and places to go given the closure of various community facilities and programs,” said Mark Jensen, the city’s director of community and development services.

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) publishes webpage with guidance and tools

General: Sector resources | Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

The webpage includes rapid response tools for cities with implementation strategies; city transportation action updates from around the world; webinars, real-time forums and technical assistance on emerging issues; and information about emergency federal assistance and stimulus funding.

City of Belleville, ON Transit to Temporarily Transition to On-Demand Services Only during COVID19

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

Ridership has decreased by 80% so customers can now book trips by: App – “On-Demand Transit – Rider App” is available for download and can be used to book rides any time of day for any time of service. Online – can be used to book rides any time of day for any time of service Phone – Passengers can contact us at 613-962-1925 and book rides for any time of service. Email – Passengers can email for service.

Google doc showing those cities considering or implementing temporary bikeways/Open Streets/Livable Streets as a COVID19 response

General: Crowdsourced tools and resources | Mobility and transportation | Parks and public space

Developed by Mike Lydon, to collectively crowdsource details.

Global mobility group shares COVID-19 guidelines for urban mobility

General: Sector resources | Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative–a global initiative on sustainable mobility shares observations on the COVID-19 outbreak, and implications and solutions for sustainable urban mobility.

Ottawa public transit agency forgoes cash fares in mandating backdoor boarding of buses

Mobility and transportation | Policy leadership

Ottawa’s public transit agency wants all customers to board conventional buses at the rear doors, except for people who need to use the front doors for accessibility purposes, impacting revenue normally received from cash fares. OC Transpo says it won’t be accepting cash or paper transfers since there is no mechanism to accept those fares at the back doors.

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