Many people fear infection in local public transport and avoid buses and trains. The federal government has now commissioned a study to measure the risk of a corona infection.

Lots of empty spaces: fewer people are on the move using local public transport.  How high the risk of infection is should now be measured.

IAt the beginning of the week, Chancellor Angela Merkel sent another warning message afterwards: In order not to encourage the spread of the coronavirus, people should avoid bus and train journeys. A short time later, a circular from the Federal Ministry of the Interior became known that allowed federal employees to book a second empty seat on official train journeys “in order to have a greater distance from fellow travelers in the interests of infection protection”. The excitement is great, after all, the announcements contradict the assurances of the transport companies that buses and trains are not corona hotspots. Many passengers do not really trust these assurances – and no longer board.

In order to clarify the risk of infection in public transport, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) is now having the matter scientifically investigated. His Parliamentary State Secretary Enak Ferlemann (CDU) says: “We want passengers and staff to be safe. Many studies from home and abroad have already dealt with the topic. It is now our goal to break down this multitude of findings into individual modes of transport. With the measurements, we have won a research group headed by the Fraunhofer Society. We will of course communicate the results publicly. “