Safety: Is Public Transit Safe Post-COVID-19?


BART Prepares for a Gradual Reopening

This posting could have affiliate links. This short article initially ran June 7, 2020, and has been up to date with recent details.

Throughout the COVID-19 shutdown, public transportation ridership has plummeted, each for the reason that offices are closed and mainly because individuals are fearful to experience it. BART, the San Francisco Bay Area’s multi-county coach process, typically carries one thing like 400,000 men and women a day through the week, and are nonetheless at a fraction of that ridership. It has been starting to creep back up, hitting 124,000 just before and immediately after the new 4th of July weekend (about 30% of the previous regular).

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I know what it is like simply because before the shutdown, I rode BART each day into San Francisco from my suburban group.  There have been quite a few situations when we have been pressed collectively so closely that our bodies were being touching and our faces were being a foot apart. Which is unquestionably not secure in the course of a pandemic (or desirable whenever)! It’s likely a good concept to on a regular basis endure speedy tests close to me to make confident you are not likely to be spreading anything when you ride.

I obtained a in-depth e-mail from BART a several times back outlining 15 things (and one particular new a single has been included) they are carrying out to get ready for the return of riders as companies commence to reopen. I have summarized them right here, but you can understand far more on their site.

BART’s 15-Stage Prepare

BART is:


  1. Disinfecting the trains and cleansing station touchpoints with healthcare facility-grade disinfectant.
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  3. Functioning longer trains to permit social distancing. They estimate 30 persons to a teach is the limit.
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  5. Operating trains on a 30-minute weekday timetable and closing at 9 p.m., but they will check it and increase frequency as demand will increase.
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  7. Shifting seat configurations on the new trains to create much more house for social distancing.
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  9. Necessitating facial area masks at all times for riders two and older. They will continue to keep this need no matter of alterations in county mandates. Some cost-free masks will be accessible at the station at to start with, and they are planning to install vending devices.
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  11. Enforcing the experience mask plan with BART Police presence.
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  13. Publishing decals, posters and banners to notify riders of the new necessities and modifications.
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  15. Supplying hand sanitizer.
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  17. Encouraging the use of contactless Clipper Card payment and on line loading of cash to the playing cards. The Clipper Card system is a great deal far better than paper tickets, which the process was phasing out currently at the time of the outbreak.
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  19. Featuring personalized hand straps–free at to start with and later on for sale.
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  21. Posting everyday ridership quantities and teach car or truck loading facts at This is intended to reassure riders with worries about crowding.
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  23. Discovering new technologies, this sort of as ultraviolet disinfecting, and figuring out how to carry out them securely and in a way that won’t induce hurt.
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  25. Upgrading to Merv14 filters that cleanse the air in each automobile each individual 70 seconds. 
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  27. Encouraging firms to provide staggered do the job hrs to distribute out the commute. BART is also taking part in virtual town halls to reply concerns.
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  29. Supplying its workers with individual defense devices (PPE) and giving COVID-19 screening.
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  31. Employing time of reduced ridership to speed up infrastructure rebuilding assignments.
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BART’s wanting to welcome people again

I never know when I will be riding BART once again, but this seems like a thorough list, which is reassuring. It will have to be carried out effectively, of study course, and around time, riders will return. If far more men and women come across on their own working from house additional generally or permanently that will assist remedy the crowding issue for BART. Then it will stay a profit/loss concern, which has been an ongoing dilemma. We need our community transit devices, so I am hoping this can be solved.


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