Public transit ridership is better in LA than some other US cities during pandemic

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Many people aren’t hoping on buses and trains during the coronavirus pandemic. But studies in metropolitan areas worldwide show no indication that clusters of COVID-19 cases are traceable to riding public transit. Photo by Amy Ta.

The coronavirus pandemic has led people to work from home or avoid taking buses and trains if they can help it. Less ridership means less revenue for public transportation agencies nationwide, from the BART in San Francisco to the subway system in New York. But studies in metropolitan areas worldwide have found no indication that clusters of coronavirus cases are traceable to riding public transit.

“Here in LA, we’ve managed to hover at about 36 to 38% of ridership, which is actually really good compared to some cities which are down to just 10%,” says Alissa Walker, Urbanism Editor at Curbed.

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Guest:
Alissa Walker - urbanism editor, Curbed - @awalkerinLA

Host:
Steve Chiotakis

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Jenna Kagel, Kathryn Barnes