Making public transit safe next hurdle in easing lockdowns

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In cities around the world, public transit systems are the key to getting workers back on the job and restarting devastated economies, yet everything from trains to buses to ferries to bicycles will have to be re-imagined for the coronavirus era. In hard-hit Italy, Spain, France or Britain, standing cheek-to-jowl with fellow commuters in packed trains or trams was part of the morning routine in pre-coronavirus times. That’s going to have to change as authorities try to balance rebuilding devastated economies while still clinging to hard-won gains in controlling the spread of the virus. From social distancing stickers on floors and seats to masks on passengers and drivers, public transportation will look very different as skeleton timetables are expanded.