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Reader Poll: As the Pandemic Continues, Would You Ride the MBTA?

In mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic started causing major shutdowns, many individuals moved away from taking public transportation when possible with concerns over crowded spaces and shared touch points.

However, a recent Boston Globe article explains the T may not be as risky of a place as people think. With many individuals still working remotely, sports games taking place without fans, and schools starting later or virtually, ridership is still low, allowing passengers to spread out. Face coverings are required, and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said subway cars circulate air at a rate superior to most office buildings.

The bus system has similar safety procedures and goals as the trains, aiming to keep bus crowds thin, ideally under 20 people on board at one time. To achieve this, the MBTA has adjusted schedules to run buses more frequently on busy routes.

What do you think, as the pandemic continues, would you ride the MBTA? Vote in our poll and add your comments in the section below!

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3 Replies to “Reader Poll: As the Pandemic Continues, Would You Ride the MBTA?

  1. May was the last time I did, but I usually walk if anything. Next month I might just a quick one way to Central Square Cambridge. I personally would feel fine at my young age taking the train. The bus probably not I’ll opt that out for the Uber.

    1. There were issues with riding the T before the pandemic .I think that many of the people who take the T regularly have no other choice .I would not take the T or a bus. I would not get on a plane either.Ive got a suggestion for Matt & NEW. I would like to see a poll on whether people would take a Covoid-19 vaccine?

  2. The City of Boston use to offer Cab Vouchers & they haven’t offered it again, as of yet. I don’t understand how people can eat all over the streets, but Cab Vouchers are not being given out.
    If anyone can answer this question, that would be great. I am still trying to figure out the logic.

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