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Millions of frontline workers continue to commute through the COVID-19 crisis and millions more will start back as businesses reopen.
An estimated 2.8 million American workers in essential industries commute to work on transit.
However, amid the economic fallout of COVID-19, many transit agencies have or anticipate having to cut service, which could hurt low-income and Latino communities who rely most on public transportation and don’t have the option to work from home, particularly in cities where transit is already infrequent and unreliable. Cuts to transit service could also hurt the millions of families who have lost jobs or lost hours and are considering selling a vehicle to save money.
As local, state, and federal leaders discuss recovery plans, they need to consider transportation costs and address transportation inequities.
Cities can’t manage and recover from COVID-19 if frontline workers are stuck in traffic behind private vehicles.
Let’s use #SaludTues on July 21, 2020, to tweet about the role transit plays in COVID-19 recovery.
- WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Why Transit Needs to be Included in COVID-19 Recovery Plans”
- TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 21, 2020
- WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
- HOST: @SaludAmerica
- CO-HOSTS: Transportation For America (@T4America); TransitCenter (@TransitCenter)
We’ll open the floor to science, your experiences and stories, and best practices as we explore:
- Some ways cities’ transportation networks are failing to meet American’s needs during COVID-19;
- How transit agencies are keeping riders safe; and
- The role transit plays in COVID recovery.
Use #SaludTues to follow the conversation and share the latest in how transportation is connected to health.
#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludAmerica, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health, San Antonio.