Obviously there is one and only news item to discuss today as the local, state and national response to the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve.
As of now, Metro is running its regular weekday service. Two other points:
•Metro is unaware of any employees with the COVID-19 virus and we are working hard to provide the safest working conditions possible. We have increased cleaning regimes at facilities and on buses and trains, formed an internal task force and are meeting with union leaders and encouraging everyone to follow best hygiene standards. Our workforce is our lifeblood and we will do everything to protect them.
•Metro is also working with employees who need to stay at home to care for family and we’re adjusting work rules to accommodate our workers as best we can.
If you have questions, please ask them in the comments and we’ll try to get answer.
Some tweets worth noting:
Food is continually en route to our stores. There is no shortage of food and no interruption in supply. Remember, we're all in this together and shouldn't hoard more than we need. pic.twitter.com/8YXN3NmSnN
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) March 16, 2020
Please keep it running for those who must take train and bus!!
— Scott L. Lawson (@Scott_L_Lawson) March 16, 2020
The @metrolosangeles Green Line to Redondo Beach is never this empty at 6:20 AM, considering a crucial stop is LAX/Aviation Station. Although it’s eerily unsettling decreased ridership signals Angelenos are taking self-quarantine and social distancing seriously. pic.twitter.com/EllJ4A2oKV
— Jeannette (@jayher17) March 16, 2020
On the train to work and they’re extra clean this morning. Hella appreciative of @metrolosangeles workers who are keeping safe those of us who have to go to work.
— Jackie Cornejo (@JackieCornejoG) March 16, 2020
I have many problems with Metro but if it shut down I would be screwed right now, thank you for working to stay operational!
— Reidun Saxerud (@reidunsaxerud) March 16, 2020
My three cents: we are a mobility safety net for many people in Los Angeles County. That includes many who work in hospitals, nursing homes, groceries and other places that are too important to fail right now. Please keep that in mind.
From some of our colleagues in the transit industry:
Team MTA monitoring the situation around the clock, working closely with all federal, state and local partners to do our part to protect public health. Thank you again to all of our frontline employees for keeping NY moving and showing the very best of New York. pic.twitter.com/elBVQq1n1o
— MTA (@MTA) March 16, 2020
We're running regular weekday service tomorrow.
We're here to help nurses, doctors, child care workers, first responders, transit workers and essential staff get to where they need to be.
— MTA (@MTA) March 15, 2020
We are posting all of BART's efforts and information related to Coronavirus here: https://t.co/4sqB3UAyEi
This includes ridership figures and a ridership table. We have so far the first two weeks of observed ridership declines. pic.twitter.com/12q2yHrmhO
— SFBART (@SFBART) March 16, 2020
1/ Beginning today (3/16), #BigBlueBus will operate a modified schedule on select routes until further notice, due to cancellation of in-person classes at @UCLACommute @SMC_edu @palicharterhigh More at: https://t.co/XCWStWKXhu
cc @santamonicacity @AskGoSaMo pic.twitter.com/UYD2q3j9yD
— Big Blue Bus (@SMBigBlueBus) March 16, 2020
— Big Blue Bus (@SMBigBlueBus) March 16, 2020
Our Pandemic Task Force is considering more service changes in light of “essential travel only” guidance and to reduce risk to employees. Monday unchanged. Tonight, we say thank you to our frontline colleagues who are keeping trains and buses running for essential travel. #wmata
— Metro (@wmata) March 16, 2020
Some of the latest stories that we’re following:
•This online map by John Hopkins is tracking COVID-19 cases across globe.
•Six Bay Area counties are being ordered to shelter in place, reports the LAT.
•Transit ridership is down across the U.S., reports The Verge. Well, yes, and this isn’t exactly the time to be worrying about ridership. Metro’s ridership numbers are usually reported monthly and I don’t have the latest. But the tweets above are accurate.
The LAT also reports that traffic in L.A. area is down and I’ve yet to meet anyone today who actually encountered what we usually call “traffic.” Here’s what things looked like at 12:39 p.m. this afternoon — a heck of a lot more green than usual:
•The Cincinnati Enquirer offers a good explainer of virus math — and why Ohio officials want people to stay home to prevent the virus from spreading more than it has. Watch the video.
•The NYT asks a hard question: is government overreacting? The answer: we may never know. My three cents again: given what we’re seeing elsewhere in the world, better safe than sorry.
•Things to listen to whilst or whilst not transiting: be safe folks and in the spirit of distraction-is-good, here’s a great podcast from Reply All. The premise: a man remembers a song from the ’90s that he heard on the radio while growing up in Arizona. His wife doesn’t remember the song and the man can’t find any info the song actually exists on the Internet.
The Reply All crew tackles the case and tries to confirm the song does or does not exist.
•Things to watch whilst or whilst not transiting:
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