The Economic Perspective: “How Will Mass Transit be Impacted by the Pandemic?”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program asks how mass transit will be impacted by the pandemic.  Mike, virtually every part of the world is being affected by the coronavirus.  This includes transportation.   Some say one part of transportation – mass transit – will be adversely impacted.   Why?


Mike: Summary Answer

  • We know the virus is easily spread, and obviously mass transit implies riders are travelling with many other riders
  • So, the worry is many will shy away from using mass transit once the economy re-opens, especially in areas where there are alternatives like driving your own vehicle
  • Would be a setback for people and groups that are pushing mass transit to help reduce congestion and reduce emissions into the environment
  • So, mass transit will need to take strong actions to ensure riders they will be safe from the virus
  • Extra cleaning and maybe mandated spacing on buses and other forms
  • I’m MW


Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.