Public transit will be critical to Toronto's COVID-19 recovery, but will it be safe for riders? : Matti Siemiatycki weighs in

May 22, 2020 by School of Cities Staff

As Ontario begins it's first stage of reopening and restrictions are eased for some industries and services, the Toronto Transit Corporation (TTC) has put public health measures in place to keep Torontonians safe. The agency however says it'll be impossible for riders to physically distance as ridership strengthens. CBC News reporter Nick Boisvert looks at the various precautions the TTC is taking in accordance to recommendation from healthy and safety experts, while sharing opinions from experts on what more could be done to ensure that the virus isn't easily transmitted as pre-pandemic levels of ridership resume. The key, says Prof. Matti Siemiatycki, interim director of the University of Toronto’s School of Cities, an associate professor of geography & planning. Pointing to the measures considered by other cities, such as removal of cloth surfaces and temperature screening of passengers, Siemiatycki ascedes to the expensive costs of executing the same, suggesting that the governement should look into making cycling and walking more viable alternatives wherever possible.

Read Public transit will be critical to Toronto's COVID-19 recovery, but will it be safe for riders? (CBC News)

Categories