'India can open up its locals and metro rail safely even during a pandemic'
In many cities, public transport never shut down during the pandemic, and many people relied on it to reach essential jobs and services every day
This fear of transit may ultimately be more damaging than the potential threat of riding it
Early evidence from Paris and Vienna show that the pandemic-risk of public transport may be overblown, says Janette Sadik-Khan, a former commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation. Sadik-Khan, who advises cities around the world in her role as the head of the Global Designing Cities Initiative, says India’s megacities like Mumbai and Delhi can adopt simple strategies to open up mass transport to everyone. Edited excerpts: