Rearranging Public Transportation Amid Phase 3By Alejandro Enríquez | Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:32
Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said earlier this week that Phase 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic has started. Following the announcement, Mexico City's Mnistry of Mobility announced today the temporary closure of 20 percent of public transportation stations in the city.
Mexico City area receives about 21 million people daily and according to the Ministry of Mobility, 82 percent of the people in the capital – around 8.85 million people – use public transportation. “We are in the phase of rapid escalation where a large number of cases and hospitalizations are expected,” said López-Gatell. Consequently, measures needed to be taken.
The Ministry of Mobility announced that starting April 23, "there will be a temporary closure of 20 percent of the stations where there is less demand among the Integrated Mobility Network. The objective is to slow the affluency of people at stations with greater demand and thus diminish crowds," said the Ministry in a statement.
In total, 89 stations will remain closed until further notice: 38 metro stations across its 12 lines, 47 Metrobús stations across its seven lines and four light train stations. In addition, some ECOBICI stations – the city's local bike system – will remain closed as well.
In addition, Mexico City's Governor Claudia Sheinbaum announced the extension of the "Hoy No Circula" program, which prevents vehicles to circulate in the city depending on their number plate. Now, every car will be subject to circulation restrictions depending on the day of the week, even if they comply with the environmental norms related. The only exception to this rule are taxis, cargo transportation, cars for people with disabilities and cars driven by health workers.
"As of April 20, 2,710 COVID-19 cases and 190 deceases were registered in Mexico City, which represents a 35 percent capacity of all public and private institutions in the city. Now that Phase 3 has been announced, we have to act consequently." said Gov. Sheinbaum in an online address.