Social distancing and mass transit are two concepts that, quite literally, don’t sit well together. Yet even as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced cities around the world to implement stringent physical distancing measures, many of them have needed to maintain public transport services for essential workers. Of course, keeping transit open while protecting the health of passengers and staff requires sweeping adjustments. Authorities have taken measures both to limit non-essential travel and redirect some of the remaining demand to non-motorized or personal transport modes. As a result, there has been a widespread reduction in public transport ridership: according to recent estimates, passenger numbers in cities around the world are down 70 to 90%.
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