Coronavirus in Argentina | The use of public transport in the AMBA increased and was the axis of the summit in Olivos

A total of 984,789 users used trains, subways and buses in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA) to move during Wednesday, 3.2 million less than the daily average on business days prior to mandatory coronavirus quarantine, but double from the beginning of quarantine.

The increase in passengers on public transport was one of the axes of the meeting held this Wednesday by President Alberto Fernández, the Buenos Aires Governor Axel Kicillof and the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta. This Friday they will announce the measures of the new phase of the quarantine.

As reported by the Ministry of Transport of the Nation, the number of passengers on Wednesday represents 525,110 more users, double that of the first week after isolation was decreed on March 20, in which there was 459,679.

The figures indicate that the number of passengers on trains, subways and buses doubled compared to the beginning of the quarantine. (Photo: NA)

The figures, obtained through a data survey sent by SUBE, indicate that the 984,789 Wednesday passengers represent a 77% reduction compared to 4,242,450 passengers who used the three means of transportation, on average, in business days prior to isolation.

“It is important to note that, with the aim of increasing pandemic prevention measures, the use of public transport is exclusively for essential workers,” said the Transport ministry.

Strong controls on public transport are expected in the next phase of the quarantine. (Photo: NA)
Strong controls on public transport are expected in the next phase of the quarantine. (Photo: NA)

Regarding transportation between jurisdictions, during the first fortnight of June, a 65 percent of the passengers traveled within Greater Buenos Aires; 18 percent did so within the City; 13 percent, from the Province to the City; and 3 percent, from CABA to PBA.

Due to the increase in circulation and due to the advance of the coronavirus in the AMBA, the authorities have defined this Thursday that, in the next phase of the quarantine, They will implement strong restrictions on public transport. It will be reserved only for essential workers, such as health personnel or the security forces.