Most know that public transport patraonge has declined significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic, both because less people have jobs to commute to, more people are working at home, and others find safety in their cars (myself included).
But what is the outlook for public transport once the pandemic is over. when we have to rebuilt our way of life, I know I saw @djf01 feels public transport may not recover it's patronage for decades following this event, but I'm wondering if there might be other impacts such as:
- locally built transport vehicles after learning that it's not good to depend so heavily on other nations, both because we can't effectively close our borders, and to help with job creation to help recover fro such mass unemployment
- high demand for public transport in all areas following the mass unemployment as many may not be able to afford to pay their car registration and insurance
- high demand for improved and faster regional services (but not HSR) if Virgin collapses and leaves Qantas as the only airline free to gouge the market (as they already pretty much do)
- more opposition to automated metros and driver-only operation in the aftermath of the mass unemployment
What other impacts to public transport may we see in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic?