“There will be places to regulate”

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A week before the deconfinement, Kisio’s executive director of studies and advice, David O’Neill, suggests that it will probably be necessary to regulate the flow of passengers in public transport to enforce social distancing.


Continue teleworking, filtering entries, and disinfecting. These are the main measures of Valérie Pécresse’s plan to ensure compliance with social distancing measures in public transport after May 11. A week away from a much awaited deconfinement by many French people, it is a veritable “obstacle course” which awaits the president of the Île-de-France region to prevent this return from turning into a mess. Especially since the risk is real, recalls at the microphone of Europe 1 David O’Neill, executive director studies and advice of Kisio, the subsidiary of Kéolis specialized in mobility services.

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“There is a real risk that there will be far too many people on public transport”

“The week of May 11, if we have a somewhat brutal deconfinement, there is a real risk that there will be far too many people on public transport,” he confirms. “But today, it is very difficult to predict. In other countries, we have observed that people are reluctant to public transport at first, and prefer individual modes of transport, such as the car, cycling, or walking. ”

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“Analyze” the stations where people get on and off

Nevertheless David O’Neill still recommends “to analyze very early on where people go up and down to get an overview” of traffic. “Then, there will probably be places where it will be necessary to regulate in order to have a network that is as efficient as possible, while respecting the imperatives of social distancing.”

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