Getting people like seniors, low-income earners and car-less people to COVID-19 vaccination centers safely and efficiently is a significant logistical challenge in many places. Without universal access to adequate fixed-route transit, pop-up microtransit can be an important tool in an agency’s arsenal.
Alongside discussions around safety measures, such as limiting or staggering ridership to better enable physical distancing, mandatory mask wearing, and the introduction of rules and changes enabling safe increases in system capacity, agencies have been accelerating operational changes that were already being examined pre-pandemic.
In typical Texas fashion, our weather unleashed a historical winter storm one week and blessed us with 70-degree weather the next week. We decided to document what went down and how we dealt with it.
Going the extra mile to ensure our passengers feel at ease, are confident, and trust that their health and safety needs are met remain our top priority — before, during, and after this pandemic.
Transit systems and their technology partners are working together to adjust operations, provide passengers with up-to-date information, and ensure a safe transit environment.
While a great deal has been made of rebuilding international and local air travel over the last few months, a gradual return to commuter traffic is underway in many parts of the world. With a renewed focus on passenger health, rail travel is increasingly in the spotlight.
People do not just want social distancing on trains and hand sanitizers. They want control — and they want it every step of the way.
Many things are changing in our industry and surely there is more to come. One thing that should never change is the need for a well-trained new bus operator candidate and having training programs in place to discourage operators from seeking other employment.