ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Bicycling past the Alexandria Rail Yard, I noticed two Metro cars wrapped in yellow. All yellow. I had only seem them on social media previously.
What are they?
It took only a little sleuthing to learn what they are the Money Train (PoPville). Nowadays they are cars 2016 and 2017.
I wonder why they aren’t green?
Mass transit doesn’t seem to be a superspreader
There appears to be good news for transportation mobility:
In countries where the pandemic has ebbed, ridership has rebounded in far greater numbers than in New York City — yet there have been no notable superspreader events linked to mass transit, according to a survey of transportation agencies conducted by The New York Times.Is the Subway Risky? It May Be Safer Than You Think – The Times
Those findings could be evidence that subways, commuter railways and buses may not be a significant source of transmission, as long as riders wear masks and train cars or buses never become as intensely crowded as they did in pre-pandemic rush hours.
I have this crazy idea — let’s learn from the places that have already been through this and apply those lessons.