“‘Death Spiral.’ Pandemic Threatens Future Of Mass Transit”

“When the coronavirus pandemic finally ebbs, John Wetmore plans to commute by bus and train.

The 63-year-old says mass transit won't be any more hazardous than delving into large crowds at restaurants or movie theaters once the virus is under control in the Washington, D.C., area, where he lives.

But Wetmore, who hosts a public television show called “Perils for Pedestrians,” recognizes that not everyone feels the same way.

“I think there are gonna be some people who will be reluctant to take transit for quite some time,” he said in an interview, noting that others may have lingering concerns about being exposed to the contagion in tight spaces.

For now, the swing of a subway gate and the sigh of bus brakes are memories for many Americans.”

Maxine Joselow reports for Climatewire May 6, 2020.

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