Can we reduce COVID-19 on public transit?

The threat of the novel coronavirus and other infectious diseases is heightened in public transit spaces, which see a large volume of traffic and touchpoints. Transit agencies around the world have responded with unprecedented speed, with new measures to protect against the virus. Here are their strategies.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has sent shockwaves across every industry in the global economy — and the transit sector in particular is facing some very pressing challenges.

Public transit is an essential service, connecting people with necessities like food and medicine. However, it can also be a high-risk environment for virus transmission. With a large volume of people spending time in relatively confined spaces — with numerous touchpoints and limited air ventilation, to boot — the risk of spreading the virus is elevated.

It’s also important to consider that many higher-risk categories, such as the elderly and immunocompromised, rely heavily on public transit to meet critical needs.

With risks like these, how can we stay a few steps ahead of the virus? Beyond prevention, how can we mitigate exposure if it does happen?

A team of WSP global transit & risk experts have reviewed transit agencies responses for how we can best protect against COVID-19 on transit. Read our new whitepaper to explore innovative, emerging practices around cleaning and disinfecting, operating procedures, staff protection, customer communication and more.

Key Contacts

Jeff Seider
Razi Chagla


Razi Chagla
Principal Consultant, Advisory

Aman Makroo

Nicholas Roberts

Divya Raghani
Associate Consultant


Rick Baltzer
Senior Technologist

Luc Côté

Saravanan Kumar

Medical Professionals

Dr. Abdul. H.Chagla

Selena Hussain
MSc Global Health, MPH Epidemiology

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