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Heavier traffic, more cyclists and nervous Sydney commuters wary of riding trains and buses which may not even let them on board anyway.
That's what Sydneysiders face as they get back to work, a leading transport policy expert has predicted.
And commuters aren't the only ones wondering about safety, passenger numbers and health risks on the city's trains and buses in the post-coronavirus world.
Commuters wear masks getting the train in Melbourne. (Luis Enrique Ascui/The Age)
With state government yet to provide face masks and other detailed plans, bus drivers on almost 30,000 daily trips across the city will be forced to fend for themselves.
"We're likely to have some form of social distancing for a sustained period of time and that is going to have a big impact on travel," Marion Terrill of the Grattan Institute warned.
"We can expect to see a lot fewer passengers on public transport and restrictions on the numbers that can be on a bus or train, and how far they have to sit apart."
It was possible, Ms Terrill told nine.com.au, that restrictions on passenger numbers and seating arrangements would leave people stranded at bus stops and stations, as lines to get on board grew longer.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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