What it's like to commute in Connecticut during the pandemic
Despite more people working from home, Metro-North officials say more people are starting to commute again.
Metro-North President Cathy Rinaldi says trains are carrying around 50% of passengers compared to pre-pandemic ridership levels during the week, and 5% more passengers on the weekend than at the start of the pandemic.
"People have been really pretty good about wearing masks, our conductors have them, if someone gets on a train having forgotten their mask our conductors will give them one," Rinaldi says.
Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jaimie Meyer says those nervous about getting back to public transportation can mitigate their risk of exposure by asking themselves a few questions.
"Can I get vaccinated; can I get boosted? Can I wear a high-quality mask? Am I able to sit a seat or two apart?" Meyer says.
Officials with Greater Bridgeport Transit say their ridership has also been increasing steadily for the past six months, after it took a nosedive at the start of the pandemic.
General manager Doug Holcomb says normally before the pandemic, GBT buses were doing anywhere from 16,000 to 17,000 customer boardings a day. He says that's down to around 12,000, but at its lowest it was around 4,000.