Social distancing on public transport

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Crowding in public transport is a weak link in social distancing measures that are being rolled out island-wide in view of the coronavirus pandemic. People are expected to sit at least 1 metre apart in the office and in restaurants, but then they proceed to squeeze into packed trains on the journey home. One solution would be to increase the frequency of buses and trains. That will reduce crowding and increase social distance (better than simply not talking, which one of our ministers suggested), and it is something within the control of the government and the public transport operators.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam was a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament from 2011-2015. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore and currently runs a technology consultancy which he co-founded. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone. Published by The Workers' Party, 701 Geylang Road, #04-02 Teambuild Centre, Singapore 389687