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Covid-19 and transportation:
5 things cities can do right now

City transportation officials are innovating in real time to address the growing Covid-19 crisis. Even as workplaces shift to homes and travel demand drops, they're adapting to get essential employees to work while keeping supply chains moving, residents safe, and transit workers protected. With these groundshifts in mind, we asked Janette Sadik-Khan, a former New York City transportation commissioner and now principal at Bloomberg Associates, and Corinne Kisner, executive director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), what five transportation-related initiatives city leaders should be focused on right now. Here’s what they had to say.

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Data tracker

John Hopkins' reported U.S. Covid-19 cases as of 8 a.m. EST on April 1.
  • 189,633 total cases, up 25,023 from March 31.
  • 4,081 total deaths, up 911 from March 31. 
Find more up-to-date case counts and other critical information from the John Hopkins University's situation report and interactive map.

What Seattle can teach everyone

Seattle was one of the first U.S. cities to face the Covid-19 crisis head on—and its mayor, Jenny Durkan, was among the first on the frontline. “You can’t act quickly enough,” Durkan told the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative in an interview reflecting on the first weeks of her city’s fight. “We think we acted really quickly…but we needed to act yesterday.” Another piece of advice for local leaders: Taking care of yourself—in addition to your residents—will be critical to getting the job done, she said.

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A roundup of responses to the coronavirus crisis. See the
Covid-19: Local Action Tracker for more.


  • Baton Rouge, La., Mayor Sharon Broome signs an executive order to prevent bars from losing their liquor licenses for failing to pay taxes.
  • Montgomery County, Md., creates a $20 million relief fund for small businesses and nonprofits.




  • Salt Lake City launches a relief hotline to help connect businesses with resources.


  • As New London, Conn., and Austin, Texas, establish new facilities for residents experiencing homelessness, Las Vegas draws criticism for placing its homeless in a parking lot with painted squares to meet social distancing requirements. 
  • Brockton, Mass, erects heated tents in a park outside existing homeless shelters to make room for social distancing. 
  • Several of the finest restaurants in Sacramento, Calif., prepare and deliver meal boxes that include five days of prepared meals to 725 seniors living in low-income apartments. The effort, spearheaded by Mayor Darrell Steinberg, is funded by fines levied on illegal cannabis grows. 


Daily inspiration: Spotlighting Birmingham’s magic
A new video narrated by Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin reminds residents of the city’s roots as the “Magic City,” its resiliency, and its future. “The real magic of the Magic City is us,” Woodfin says. “Together, even when we are apart…we are magic.”


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