COVID-19 has impacted our lives in ways that were unimaginable just a few weeks ago. It is paramount the spread of the virus be contained, so city leaders and policymakers have been focused on a broad suite of actions including steps to achieve social distancing. Some cities are even making the hard choice to discourage public transit, because the benefits outweigh the risks of virus spread.
For example, in New York City, leaders have discouraged riding public transit, and the results speak for themselves. The plot below, based on public data from the NYC subway system, shows almost a 40% decrease in ridership over the past three weeks. A 40% drop in NYC translates to more than two million people needing to choose another way to get to work, shop, or otherwise move around the city…
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