Social distancing in a subway car is tough, and nearly impossible on a bus. We checked in with ATU Local 689’s Brian Wivell earlier this week to find out what the transit worker’s union is asking folks to do during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. “First and foremost, our number one ask right now is that if you do not have to be traveling to other places, please, please, please stay home. Do not use public transit if at all possible. It is really essential that we keep public transit accessible to those that are essential employees and need to be using public transit at this time. If you do not need to use public transit, if you have the means of getting someplace without coming into contact with other people, please use that. Help us keep our members safe, help us keep public transit functioning during this critical time. So if you have the ability and means to do so, you know, stay home.” ATU Local 689 represents nearly 7,000 metro-area transit workers.
- David Stephen