What Will Chicago’s Return To Indoor Mask Mandates Mean For Public Transportation?

Will increasing numbers of COVID cases scare riders and derail efforts to get the CTA back on track?

CTA Green Line train travelling west from downtown
In this 2017 file photo, a CTA Green Line train travels West away from downtown Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press
CTA Green Line train travelling west from downtown
In this 2017 file photo, a CTA Green Line train travels West away from downtown Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press

What Will Chicago’s Return To Indoor Mask Mandates Mean For Public Transportation?

Will increasing numbers of COVID cases scare riders and derail efforts to get the CTA back on track?

Commuters have slowly been returning to public transportation after a year-long pandemic slump. But will Chicago requiring masks again indoors put the brakes on that? Will the Delta variant drive down ridership numbers again?

Reset hears from the Chicago Transit Authority about safety protocols, as well as rider and driver anxiety during COVID.

GUEST: Brian Steele, CTA spokesperson