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London’s Covid-safe commute idea: Open-air buses

by Feargus O’Sullivan, Bloomberg


Highlights

  • With the pandemic still raging and people still fearing public transportation, London is considering using their open-air double-decker tour buses as a means of everyday transport
  • This comes as 70% of Londoners polled say that they no longer feel comfortable commuting by public transit
  • Few tourists are in the city and these tour buses are mostly unused and parked, waiting for the moment when tourism and travel resurges 
  • An on-demand bus company named Snap is heading this venture and has already deployed test runs of the service
  • Snap CEO Thomas Ableman doesn’t want to see more cars on the road as the city begins to reopen:

“The Tube in London is currently at 30% of its usage before the pandemic, while car use is at about 80% of where it was pre-pandemic…We really don’t want a car-based recovery to this crisis, so we need to find solutions that people are comfortable with — and you can’t get a more Covid-secure means of transport than an open-topped bus.”


Increased air pollution from fossil fuel emissions makes all of us more vulnerable to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California Platform includes solutions for clean mobility to cut greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.


Read More: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-24/will-london-commuters-opt-for-open-air-bus-rides?sref=ABTRBDIh

Nina Turner
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