Nearly Half Of New Yorkers Will Totally Avoid Mass Transit After Quarantine

New Yorkers believe they will settle into new routines as coronavirus pandemic restrictions are relaxed.

Just 18.5 percent of city dwellers plan to return to their pre-pandemic transit habits, while 44 percent told researchers at Elucd that they would "avoid public transportation entirely when this current period of quarantine ends."

Another 31.5 percent said that they planned to "use public transportation less" by opting for other modes of travel, like walking, biking or driving themselves.

About 5.5 percent of New Yorkers planned to work from home instead of from the office.

The poll surveyed 410 city residents this week using digital ads, Elucd said.

In a national survey, just 10 percent of public transit commuters said they felt safe returning to their office right now, compared to 27 percent of non-transit users.

Outside the city, 47.1 percent of people in New York State and 45.8 percent of people in the country said they would "avoid mass transit entirely."

More than 60 percent of New Yorkers said they would be more confident taking public transit if masks were required. Close to 30 percent said they would feel safer if riders were required to test negative for the virus before being allowed back on mass transit.

New York City officials have kept public transit running throughout the pandemic so essential workers can report to their jobs. The city discouraged non-essential workers from taking trains or buses from an early stage in the outbreak.

In late-April, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the MTA to suspend service nightly for deep cleaning of the train cars.

The novel coronavirus has sickened more than 186,000 in the city with COVID-19, killing an estimated 20,400, as of Thursday.

Photo: Getty Images

710 WOR · The Voice Of New York

Listen Now on iHeartRadio

outbrain pixel