Because public transit wasn’t “safe” even before COVID-19, and it isn’t getting better. Making public transit safe next hurdle in easing lockdowns.
Before I get into the AP article linked above, take a look at these photos, from Twitter.
Now I don’t know how recent some of those photos are, but one is clearly from after the start of the pandemic. And there are plenty of stories about how the trains are “filthier than ever” if you look. ‘They Are Transporting This Virus’: MTA Subway Conductors Say Trains Are Filthier Than Ever Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – CBS New York.
So keep that in mind as we now turn to the original article at the top…
There are some things that can be done, but they are not without a cost.
The Dutch national railway began bringing longer trains back into service to make it easier for passengers to stay apart.
Cars need to be cleaned. More cars mean more hours to clean. Equipment needs maintenance and repair. More use leads to more repair.
The capacity of Milan’s metro system will be slashed to just 350,000 passengers a day, compared with 1.3 million on normal workdays.
So what will the other 900,000 riders do? If they get in their cars to drive to work (those that can/do have cars) the Green Police will scream. The solution proposed by Milan, doesn’t quite amount to more government control of the lives of people in the city. Not quite. And that is in Milan, where the vestiges of Western Civilization haven’t completely vanished. Look again a the photos in that Tweet above.
Now let’s look at that 2nd article from CBS.
The MTA has been urging that only essential workers who rely on mass transit ride the subway during the pandemic, and service has been cut to about 75%.
But one conductor, who asked to remain anonymous, says that’s only making the trains less sanitary.
“Because we have less trains to work with, the homeless in the system congregate on fewer trains, so it’s way more evident now than it’s ever been,” the conductor told CBS2’s Ali Bauman. “It’s causing a hazard to MTA employees and the people that we have to transport during this time.”
Trash piled everywhere. People urinating on the trains. Feces. In other words, you can see the complete breakdown of civilization.
NYPD admits that things are out of control. Even through the spin, that much comes through. And de Blasio is deflecting, or trying to.
And lest there be any doubt, the bleeding hearts, who care more about the homeless and their “plight” than the hardworking people of NYC who need to get work are already saying any enforcement by the NYPD is a bad thing. (And the NYPD is trying, but it is a losing battle.)