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‘They’re Scared, But They’re Out There’: Transportation Workers Are Still Clocking In As Coronavirus Spreads

‘They’re Scared, But They’re Out There’: Transportation Workers Are Still Clocking In As Coronavirus Spreads

WAMU.org | March 18
Margaret Barthel

This story was updated at 6:00 p.m.

Patricia O’Riordan is worried about her husband, Terry. He’s worked for Metro for 25 years and is a mechanic for the system’s escalators and elevators in Virginia stations. And he’s still going to work full time, even as the region — and Metro — brace for the coronavirus outbreak.

“I’m the frantic one in the family,” she said. “He goes to work, and does his thing. I think he’s concerned but he doesn’t verbalize it.”

O’Riordan, who is 68 and retired, has two questions: Are transit industry workers like her husband being given protective gear like masks and gloves? And what information are transit agencies and employee unions distributing to help workers like her husband stay safe? So O’Riordan asked WAMU for some clarity as the station covers stories related to the coronavirus... FULL ARTICLE

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