Researchers aim to help cities prioritize interventions for public transit

The New York City Subway — which, under normal circumstances, serves 5.5 million riders daily — resumed service June 8, amid concerns from residents about exposing themselves to the closed, crowded conditions that could be ripe for coronavirus transmission. Researchers at Penn State aim to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread by identifying specific subway stations in which intervention resources — such as setting up testing sites, allocating additional personnel to disinfect frequently touched surfaces in subway stations, and distributing masks and hand sanitizer — could be of greatest benefit…

The team has created an online dashboard to help New York City and other city officials prioritize different communities and subway stations for the allocation of intervention resources.