FGV Transportes analyzes reduction in urban mobility during Covid-19 pandemic
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, governors have imposed measures to restrict urban mobility, which have affected the everyday lives of people who work in activities that are considered essential. However, these measures, designed to hinder the circulation of people and therefore slow down the spread of the virus through society, could be having the reverse effect, according to a study by the coordinator of FGV Transportes, Marcus Quintella. He has found that these measures have had a negative effect in terms of combating the coronavirus’ propagation.
“The scarcer public transportation is, the more people bunch together, whether in their own vehicles, on buses, on trains, on the subway, at bus stops, on platforms or in stations. That can cause overcrowding. Having fewer buses on the streets will not prevent crowds. On the contrary, there will be more people close together, waiting for a ride. Protection and guidance for bus drivers are fundamental at this moment. Security, health, supermarket and pharmacy professionals are working and they cannot be punished. Everything has to be done in a planned way,” Quintella says.
He adds that free public transportation tickets, which are already suspended for students, ought to be suspected for all groups, to discourage unnecessary trips, including by elderly people.
“Obstacles must be created regarding access to public transportation for those who ought to stay at home,” he says.