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Matthew W. Daus, Esq.
Partner and Chairman, Windels Marx Transportation Practice Group
President, International Association of Transportation Regulators
Transportation Technology Chair, University Transportation Research Center
Contact: mdaus@windelsmarx.com

156 West 56th Street | New York, NY 10019
T. 212.237.1106 | F. 212.262.1215

HIGHLIGHTS

COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities
The NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has put together a comprehensive set of information to support the most vulnerable populations in the city. The information provides updates on closures, materials on useful programs, and a list of organizations that provide essential services to the elderly and disabled, including: food and supplies, social services/Medicaid benefits, home health care providers, transportation, housing, utilities, education, employment, businesses, finance, pets and service animals, and mental health resources. The following information has been gathered specifically to inform people with disabilities on the resources available to the population during NYC's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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MIT Study Reveals NYC Subways Seeded the Massive Coronavirus Epidemic
This study, performed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), explores the spread of COVID-19 through a geographical demographic data analysis of NYC subway lines. MIT researchers claim that the multi-tentacled subway system in NYC was a major facilitator, if not the principal facilitator, of the virus. This study illuminates the differences between infection rates on local trains versus express trains, proving local trains were more influential in the spread of the virus due to the increased number of riders who entered and exited those trains. The report’s conclusion is that the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s decision to cut back its train service may have actually accelerated the spread of the virus.  In retrospect, doubling the frequency of train service instead would have prevented overcrowded trains and promoted social distancing.
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Trudeau Warns Canada's Coronavirus Shutdown Likely To Remain For Weeks
He also suggested that the border with the U.S. would remain closed to all non-essential travel for weeks to come, calling it an “extremely important” measure of curbing the spread of the virus.
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Nearly Half Of Britain’s Supply Trucks Are Out Of Service, The Road Haulage Association Warns Of Food Crisis
The U.K. is on the brink of a food and medicine crisis due to a lack of supply trucks; British soldiers may start delivering food and supplies.
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Coronavirus Pandemic to Test China's Unemployment Safety Net
Labor protests have re-emerged with workers such as taxi drivers who have suffered due to the clampdown on economic activity.
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Poverty Punished As Philippines Cuts Public Transportation In Virus Pandemic
Manila's poor suffer as Philippines rely on military approach such as total suspension of public transportation.
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Singapore's Defense Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) Created Face Shield to Protect Front-Line Workers
Face shields are now being supplied to public agencies such as the Land Transport Authority.
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Coronavirus Collapse Of Regional Taxi Industry a Bad Sign for Drivers and Passengers Alike
Regional Australia's taxi industry is on the brink of collapse and may leave elderly passengers cut off from their communities.
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NATIONAL NEWS 
 
Fed Facility Gives Banks More Room to Make Emergency Loans
The Fed’s facility allows lenders to accept more applications and keep lending-assisting small businesses effected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
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Another SBA Program is Severely Backlogged, Running Low on Funds
Demands for EIDL loans and grants have overwhelmed the system; many small businesses who are supposed to receive emergency cash in 3 days have been waiting weeks. 
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We Could Never Afford America’s Highways- Even Before Covid-19
Missouri recently became the first American state to announce that it may postpone several highway projects due to COVID-19, citing plunges in gas taxes and other user revenues; other states may follow suit.
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Let’s Plan for the Coming ‘New Normal’
An infrastructure bill would be a chance to reimagine the U.S. transportation system, making it more sustainable and equitable.
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LOCAL NEWS
 
The M.T.A. Will Give $500,000 to the Family of Each Worker Killed By Virus
Survivors of transit workers who die of the virus will receive $500,000 in so-called line-of-duty death benefits from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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De Blasio Takes Heat for Shooting Down Calls to Open Streets to Pedestrians 
Mayor Bill de Blasio shot down the prospect of closing streets to traffic to allow New Yorkers to keep their distance during the coronavirus crisis, stating that he does not believe the plan will work.
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Frustrated With A Lack of Open Space, DC Residents are Widening Sidewalks Themselves 
To provide more space for people outside while also adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing guidelines, several DC residents are now placing traffic cones on neighborhood streets to effectively widen sidewalks.
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Message from Matthew W. Daus. Esq....

The facts, legislative and regulatory actions and developments involving public health, safety and the already devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic change by the moment. I have heard firsthand reports of massive layoffs, business stoppage and truly unheard of repercussions getting worse by the hour. Things may never be the same moving forward – this is an entirely new and unexplored world. Our firm feels the pain of our clients, our friends and the transportation industry, and admires the public servants that are there for us trying to help. 
 
As one of many new initiatives we are deploying at Windels Marx’ transportation practice group to hopefully, in some small way help our colleagues ride out this storm, is to provide comprehensive real-time developments that only focus on transportation and mobility. There are few sources out there that are devoted to providing dedicated coverage and developments of all transportation modes and sub-modes, internationally, nationally and locally. We will be sending updates at least daily until further notice on transportation legal, policy and business developments for taxi, green cab, livery, black car, limousine, bus/motor coach, shuttles/airports, tour bus, public transit, micro-mobility, paratransit/NEMT, TNC, shared mobility, etc... Basically, we will send along what we believe are critical or instructive information on basically everything on wheels that transports people for hire – public and private – so that both government and private transportation professionals and management can be kept well-informed  and totally up-to-speed with the issues for which critical decisions need to be made.  
 
We hope this new service is helpful, and we wish everyone the best of luck. We will get through this somehow, together…
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