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Challenge of social distancing on public transportation

Port Authority Bus Terminal (Credit: Max Touhey / CurbedNY)

As corporate executives plan how to safely bring employees back to work in the office, a thorny issue has arisen over which they have no control: public transportation. Challenges with commuting could keep offices in the world’s most densely populated financial capitals shut for longer than other places where people can more easily drive to work.

  • Be Smart: RXR’s Scott Rechler told WSJ that companies are considering leases to open smaller satellite locations. He is getting calls from office tenants in Manhattan looking for space in the borough of Queens and Westchester County, where rents are cheaper and many employees have cars.
  • Worth Noting: Real estate planners note that once inside the workplace social distancing can be maintained through one-way hallways, limiting elevator use to one person at a time, and closing corporate cafeterias, the journal noted.

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