Public transit offers yet more evidence that the mantra “we’re all in this together” during the COVID-19 pandemic is a fallacy. Canadian cities are grappling with further cutting or even eliminating public transit services due to the pandemic’s economic hit and no government funding help — and once again it’s vulnerable and low-income people who will be the most dramatically affected, according to research highlighted today in The Conversation Canada.

In a survey of regular transit riders, human geography academics Matthew Palm, Jeff Allen and Steven Farber of the University of Toronto found that public transit cuts jeopardize the welfare of hundreds of thousands of Canadians who depend on public transportation to get to work, access essential services or provide care to family members. The damage of lost transit for vulnerable households will likely spill over into other domains, such as employment and health care. They urge Canadian policy-makers not to leave these citizens stranded.

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Giving up public transit during the coronavirus is a luxury many Canadians can’t afford

Matthew Palm, University of Toronto; Jeff Allen, University of Toronto; Steven Farber, University of Toronto

Many of Canada's residents, including essential workers, have no choice but to ride transit. Service cuts may cripple their access to essential destinations if governments do not intervene.

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