COVID-19: the workers are deserting the public transport

COVID-19: les travailleurs désertent les transports en commun

The transit will have a lot to do to win back the hearts of the workers who have dropped out of the buses, subways and other commuter trains since the beginning of the pandemic.

It is at the very least, according to a Statistics Canada study published Monday, according to which, prior to the pandemic, approximately 13% of Canadians were counting on public transport to get to their place of work, a rate that has shrunk to only 3 % in June. It is, therefore, to say that there are four times fewer workers in the buses and subways of cities.

The study also demonstrates that approximately one-third of workers who used public transportation to get to work before the pandemic took in June for another mode of transport usually the car.

Workers canadians who have deserted public transport afraid to go back in the bus.

“Nearly three-quarters (74 %) of former transit users who felt safe to return to their place of work in physics have indicated that they were “very” or “enormously” concerned to use public transportation”, stressed Statistics Canada.

These data are not surprising little exo, which manages the suburban trains and bus lines in the Greater Montreal, off the island of Montréal, Laval and Longueuil. The organization has obviously noticed a sharp decline in traffic in recent months and acknowledged that the open road and the summer period may prompt many to opt for the car or transport assets.

Exo observes, however, a growth in ridership on its trains and buses. “Without a prediction, we think that it is a trend that will continue as the traffic congestion will be resumed and that the temperatures will be less lenient,” said the spokesperson for Catherine Maurice.

The manager has also reiterated that it is working to disinfect on a daily basis its vehicles. “An awareness campaign that takes place continuously with the customer on the importance of adopting good hygiene procedures and protection. It is important that users have confidence in the actions we take,” said Ms Maurice.

Most need the bus

The unsurpassed popularity of teleworking has also contributed to empty the bus, confirm the data of the study. “The proportion of Canadians who work from home since the beginning of the pandemic has increased more than fivefold (from 4% to 22 %),” one can read there.

It is noted, however, that the proportion of workers travelling to work by car has also decreased from 75 % before the pandemic, 67% in June. Again, the popularity quintupled telework may explain the decline in personal vehicles. For their part, the walkers and cyclists were relatively numerous during the period studied.

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