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T drivers deserve some social distancing, too

Green Line seat hear where the driver sits asking riders not to sit on it

Ryan McAskill reports from the Green Line this morning:

Heading to work at a hospital and the Green Line has just added these signs to the first two seats past the drivers seat.

You may recall how, like a thousand months ago (OK, Saturday), the T started having bus riders and Green Line riders at surface stations board through the rear doors. Steph reports this morning:

My bus this morning had all the front seats folded up and was only allowing people to enter and exit the back of the bus. Also was not allowing anyone to pay.

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I thought this day would bring me joy but just want everyone to stay safe and if you can, stay home.

In a Green Line train with multiple cars, can the front car driver open the doors of the second and third cars, thus making the additional drivers unnecessary? No fares are being collected right now.

Not only does the current set up of the streetcars require a second operator, the 7s and the 8s don't like to work together. The second operator is essential to keeping the train running by having the ability to troubleshoot mechanical issues as they arise.

They'd rather have those extra guys being exposed to COVID than show that they are not really needed.

I don't think the controls work that way. It would also take some assessment to make sure it's safe, considering how far the front car's operator is and that they're looking at the right-side doors through a mirror.

The front train driver do not have control of the back train doors each person controls their own doors the front driver control the Train #Greenline Driver

Cant they just close their curtain?

Yes, but only if it's an N95 curtain.


I don't get what difference it makes. Everyone is breathing in an enclosed space.

What we know is fast-moving and changing over time, but it appears that the majority of the contagious material you expel when you cough, falls to the ground within about six feet of you.

Majority. Airborne contagion is still possible, but it doesn't seem to be the primary route.

When the much maligned General Manager Beverly Scott was here she proposed safety shields for bus and trolley operators. Charlie Baker and his boys nixed the idea.

Have big Plexiglas shields by the driver already.