We’re well-trained: Keep six feet of separation – or two meters, the length of a bicycle, two extended arms, three steps back. The length may not be that specific, but the point is: keep your distance.
But unfortunately, mass transit doesn’t work well with that instruction. Buses and trains never contemplated such a parameter. Like restaurants at half capacity, some things just aren’t viable. Without occasional crowding, mass transit doesn’t have the mass.
Unfortunately, fear and failure of transit will likely lead to another form of crowding – traffic congestion. How soon and how much is still not clear – too many variables. It’s even possible that car use may not come back to previous levels.
But if it becomes clear that we have no choice – get back on transit in serious numbers or the region can’t function – then the challenge isn’t so much a technical one; it’s to overcome this message:
Yet another ask of Dr Henry: under what conditions can we ignore that sign?