Ruter drop ticket control in Oslo

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As a result of the corona crisis, Ruter has chosen to drop all ticket controls on subways, trams and buses in Oslo until 26 March.

– “For us, it is important to prevent the spread of infection on our means of transport in the best possible way. That is why we have chosen to suspend all ticket checks until new guidelines from the authorities arrive,” says Press Officer in Ruter, Øystein Dahl Johansen, to VårtOslo.

Occasionally empty buses and subway cars are one of the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic.

– “Our controllers will be put to other work. What exactly they will get as tasks, I’m not sure,” says Dahl Johansen.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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2 Comments on "Ruter drop ticket control in Oslo"

  1. Free rides? 🙂

    No, I *support* my local Buss 350 between Flateby and Lillestrøm and do want to pay my fair share.

    SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUS ROUTE. 🙂

    I do notice that some drivers are leery about accepting cash now, especially when I wear my (diagonally folded pillowcase) anti-corona facemask.

    As far as I know, I don’t have the virus and I don’t get out much to get it – much less so now – but facemasks are most effective in keeping the virus from getting OUT of an infected person … or a person who doesn’t know they are, and that can be up to 14 days before symptoms show.

    So the bus company might consider requiring people and drivers both to wear even homemade facemasks for their mutual protection.

  2. The Chinese have made a study of infection on buses – facemasks are MANDATORY in China and may be a major reason for them getting the virus under control – and the study … which has been withdrawn for however long and whatever reason … is at https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3074351/coronavirus-can-travel-twice-far-official-safe-distance-and-stay

    This says the virus can stay in the air for 30 minutes, but I’ve seen later reports from elsewhere that it can stay in the air for as long as 3 HOURS.

    (One of my wargames’ publishers is Chinese – sent me a photo of his *cute* little 3 year old boy tooling around a toy store on a big wheel (tricycle) 🙂 – and he and his family are stockpiled for a long lockdown. But *he* says it’s now under control there, so …. )

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