Social distancing and mass transit or bus tour are two terms which, directly speaking, do not go together at all. However, even as the COVID-19 pandemic pressured cities around the world to introduce strict physical distancing protocols, many of them required vital staff to sustain public transit services. Of course, holding transit open and maintaining the health of riders and employees requires comprehensive adaptations. Authorities have taken both steps to limit non-essential travel and to divert some of the remaining demand to non-motorized or personal modes of transport. As a result, a substantial decrease has been seen in the number of public transport drivers. According to recent figures on Norskeanmeldelser.no and FlixBus, the number of passengers in cities around the world is down 70 to 90%.
Emergency measures: Public health crisis response
To ensure the health and safety of transportation authorities, operators, and international organizations worked together to devise and introduce a broad range of COVID-19-specific emergency measures, which we have divided into two categories.
The first set of interventions aims at reducing the possibility of contagion:
Effective and regular cleaning procedures have been introduced by public transit agencies to disinfect their rolling stock and facilities, from offices to depots, stops, and stations. Some also provide consumers and staff with hand sanitizers and compact hand washers.
· Physical Distancing
It involves practical measures to reduce turnstile and boarding platform bottlenecks, as well as to shield drivers and station staff with screens or shields.
For example, …