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Transportation Response Center: External Webinars, Podcasts, and Presentations

From March through August, 2020, NACTO reviewed and curated presentations, webinars, and podcasts that addressed emerging themes from the city transportation and transit agency response to COVID-19. As of August 31, 2020, NACTO is no longer updating this page. For emerging city and transit agency response strategies, please see NACTO’s Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery resource or visit

Maintain transportation systems to safely move essential workers and goods 

Rapid Adaptation to Rapid Change: An Interview With SFMTA’s Jeff Tumlin (TransitCenter)
Written and video content on how SFMTA quickly overhauled its transit network to meet the needs of essential workers and low-income city residents, and how San Francisco can emerge from the crisis with a dramatically improved transit system.

Combating COVID 19 The Shenzhen Bus Group’s experience (TUMI)
Shenzhen Bus Group (SZBG) share their efforts to address dual challenges transit agencies face during COVID-19: limiting transmission of the virus while providing an essential service.

Transportation Policy Series with Jarrett Walker (Remix)
Jarrett Walker, President of Jarrett Walker + Associates, and Rachel Zeck, Director of Policy at Remix, discuss the implications of COVID-19 for transit.

Public Transit in the Time of COVID-19 (Swiftly)
Transit App and Swiftly co-hosted an AMA “Ask Me Anything” to get key COVID-19 transit questions answered from industry leaders at VIA in San Antonio, Maryland Transit Administration, and Jarret Walker + Associates. Transit App reps also shared the results of their latest survey efforts and database of transit actions across 92 transit agencies. 

Keep front-line workers safe, and actively manage and support both operational and remote office workforces

Transit on the Frontline Part 1 (TransitCenter)
Todd Brogan, Director of Field Mobilization at ATU International, on how transit agencies can protect their employees and riders.

Transit on the Frontline Part 2 (TransitCenter)
Brian Sherlock, Health & Safety Specialist at the Amalgamated Transit Union, on how transit agencies can apply public health guidance to operations.

Covid-19 and the Office: Exploring the Future of the Office and Commuting (Urbanism Next)
Patricia Raicht of JLL on how the demand for office space may change in response to the coronavirus; Leah Riley of Nelson\Nygaard on how transportation systems will need to adapt if larger numbers of people continue to work from home.

Relieve crowded areas to support health department guidance for physical distancing

Tactical Urbanism as COVID-19 Response (TUMI)
Mike Lydon of Street Plans overviews the theory and practice of tactical urbanism and applies it to COVID-19; Laura Bahamón reviews Bogotá’s temporary bikeways and related responses.

Rebalancing Streets for People (Toole Design)
Toole Design discuss benefits and methods of opening streets to create space for social distancing and highlight examples of online community engagement strategies.

Closing Streets to Create Space for Walking and Biking During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)
City leaders and advocates from around the globe discuss what it took to make open-streets available in their cities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Create clear messaging of city policies and guidelines

Communicating the Crisis (TransitCenter)
Conversation between TransitCenter and BART on the agency’s strategic communications practice during the COVID-19 crisis.

How to Live Stream and Do Online Meetings (City of Oakland)
An overview of community engagement tools and best practices from Oakland.

Podcast: Digital Communications & COVID-19 Response in King County, WA (ELGL)
Digital public health and engagement managers from King County, Washington discuss their strategies for communicating and informing the public during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Crisis Communication (NLC)
Approaches for developing effective communications during a crisis.

Communicating about Mobility in a COVID Era (Denterlein)
Denterlein and Barr Foundation discuss the current challenges and best practices of crisis communication on mobility during COVID 19 with guests from ITDP, A Better City, Transportation for Massachusetts, and Streetsblog.

Charrettes go virtual: Missoula, Montana hosts an online charrette to advance a community vision (Smart Growth America)
Planners from Missoula, Montana discuss how they quickly pivoted a large-scale public engagement process from in-person to digital in light of the coronavirus pandemic.