Transit shortfalls from the plague

Public transit commissions in the urban agglom are coming up $165 million short so far in the pandemic, with drops from 80% to 90% in ridership, so they’re looking toward Quebec for a hand.

The Journal shows us how STM bus drivers will be protected with plexi panels. These have been proposed in the pre-COVID past to keep drivers safer – there are yahoos who’ll spit on drivers, and worse – but I wonder at the same time, will some drivers suffer from a feeling of isolation? I’ve taken the bus a handful of times since the lockdown, and it feels colder not to say hello and thank you to the driver. But we’re going into a socially colder time generally.