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Imagine How

COVID-19
Could Reshape

Mobility
for People Who

Rely on Transit
How does public transit defy dire
predictions about its future?
By Stewart Mader, contributor

H

OW DOES PUBLIC TRANsit defy dire predictions
about its future? Before
we think about restoring
pre-pandemic commutes,
let's listen to some of transit's most vital-and essential-customers. Speaking
to us a year from now in 2021, Cecilia and Enrique describe how the
pandemic has changed what they
require from their transit providers.

New Priorities

" Before COVID-19, " said Cecilia,
a nurse, " early every morning I
stood shoulder-to-shoulder on a
packed rush-hour bus to commute
to work at a large metropolitan
hospital. Now, I'm working a new

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shift from 5:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to
ensure I'm traveling during a less
busy time of day. I'm also able to
check on my transit app before I
activate my ticket to confirm the
next bus has room for me before
I board. "
To help with physical distancing, Cecilia's employer restructured
its shifts for frontline workers. Now
they rotate at 5:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
and 9:00 p.m. This ensures hospital employees are traveling at
times that minimize overlap with
shift changes for law enforcement,
logistics, construction and other
location-essential fields.
Enrique works the night shift
at a nearby factory, " I started out
as a sheetmetal fabricator, work-

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" ...I'm

also able to check on my transit
app before I activate my ticket to confirm the
next bus has room for me before I board. "
-CECILIA, a nurse who rides public transit

ing my way up to production line
manager and shop steward. "
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he was furloughed, but his
employer received a federal loan
that enabled them to shift production to batteries for electric buses.
" I grew up riding the bus, but
before COVID-19, I was thinking about buying a car to get to
work because the bus was becom-


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