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There is little evidence that mass transit poses a risk of coronavirus outbreaks

by Maxine Joselow, Scientific American


Highlights

  • Public transportation advocates say that transit can play a crucial role in the pandemic era by reducing air pollution that makes people more susceptible to COVID-19.
    • Subways account for 76% less carbon emissions than the average vehicle carrying a single person
    • More single-occupant vehicles on the road will have long term climate and health effects
  • A study of COVID-19 outbreaks in Paris showed that zero outbreak clusters originated on the city’s metro lines from May to June, but newer reports show that four outbreak clusters stemmed from public transportation
  • In Japan, public transportation did not account for any outbreaks, but clusters were traced back to bars and live music venues
  • There are no comparable studies on outbreaks on public transit within the United States 
  • The risk of using public transit is low if everyone is adhering to mask rules and physical distancing

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.scientificamerican.com/article/there-is-little-evidence-that-mass-transit-poses-a-risk-of-coronavirus-outbreaks/

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