Public transit – PCCMPH Mon, 21 Nov 2022 07:20:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Public transit – PCCMPH 32 32 South China city locks down district in ‘zero-COVID’ fight Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:35:00 +0000

By HUIZHONG WU, Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Southern China’s metropolis Guangzhou locked down its largest district on Monday as it attempts to quell a major COVID-19 outbreak, suspending public transportation and requiring residents to show a negative test if they want to leave their homes.

The outbreak is testing China’s attempt to bring a more “targeted” approach to its zero COVID policies while dealing with multiple outbreaks. China is the only major country in the world still trying to curb virus transmissions through strict lockdown measures and mass testing.

Baiyun District in Guangzhou also suspended in-person classes for schools and closed universities. The measures are supposed to last until Friday, the city announced.

Meanwhile, in Beijing, the capital has reported two more deaths related to COVID-19. On Sunday, the city reported its first death related to COVID-19 in more than six months.

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While critics have questioned China’s COVID-19 figures, and in particular its death toll, its intensive approach to trying to contain infections has prevented massive outbreaks and kept new daily cases below that of many other countries.

Last week, China announced it was easing some of its “zero-COVID” policies, such as suspending flights from airlines that had brought in a number of passengers who tested positive. It also reduced the time required in centralized quarantine for international arrivals from seven to five days.

The relaxation of some measures is an attempt to make policies more “scientific and precise”, Lei Haichao, deputy director of the National Health Commission, said last week.

Major cities are still retaining some of the tested measures, albeit in a more fragmented way than shutting down an entire city, which they had done before.

Shijiazhuang, a city in northern Hebei province, is testing all residents of six districts. In Beijing’s Haidian district, home to the city’s tech hub and top universities, schools closed in-person classes in an announcement late Sunday.

Guangdong Province, home to Guangzhou, reported the highest number of new cases on Monday with 9,085 out of a total of 27,095 cases nationwide.

Associated Press press assistant Caroline Chen in Guangzhou, China, contributed to this report.

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A new fleet of all-electric, dollar-dollar vans will provide greener trips to Brooklyn’s ‘transportation wastelands’ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 19:33:00 +0000

An all-new clean energy program has been announced for Brooklyn that will replace current New York gas-powered van models with an all-electric fleet.

The program, called the Clean Transit Access Program, received a $10 million award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to electrify the fleet of alternative transportation vehicles for Brooklyn and Queens.

CTAP is a program that involves the collaboration of four New York-based companies – Dollaride, Blocpower, HEVO and Build Edison – and the goal of these local companies is to create an innovative model to provide cleaner mobility to van users in one dollar in New York, according to the CTAP press release.