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COVID-19 changed public transportation. Here’s how.

For infrastructure and transit designers, this period of upheaval has given them an opportunity to explore innovative ideas to combat the possibility of future pandemics. Ryan Teo is a senior at Northwestern University who, along with three graduate students, designed the “Futurebus” concept aiming to face that challenge. Rather than entering and exiting through one singular door, this bus design opens an entire side of the vehicle, allowing passengers to step out without coming in close contact with other riders.