DogBert wrote: ↑Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:53 am
The trend towards WFH is likely to stick, at least from what I can see in the tech industry. Even when people do go to the office it likely won't be for more than 2-3 days per week, while working from home the rest of the time. Plus anyone with even a slight sneeze or cough likely won't be heading to offices like they used to. The daily news completely closing their news room is a sign of things to come. Companies like twitter have already said there's no need to come back...
We may have seen the peek of transit ridership before Covid.
NYC will make some form of a comeback as it always does, but without a big bailout, transit finances are in a world of pain. People who commute 2-3 days a week at best will not be buying monthly tickets.
That's why I say 75-80%, and say it won't be all at once. Article in the Business Inside stated that the director-general of the World Health Organization said the pandemic would be over in 2 years
. I think by that time, the offices will be at 75-80% daily capacity, with a substantial amount of the work force remote (yes, implying some growth).
That's talking generally across all industries. I know some of my office will be cutting down on office space and with Windows 10 allowing multi-monitor remote desktop in all versions, half the local programming staff will be remote full-time... but the positions lend themselves able to be remotely done and the company itself is in a spot where you don't need much staff on-site. Other industries would need staff on site for various reasons: a job that requires physical motion or physical closeness to be effective (IE Wall Street traders), for instance.
Getting back to the topic at hand, the lull is definitely a good time to work on transit project that have been delayed and would need closures. Since you don't need as much equipment to run, you can get away with limited tracking or single tracking more often.