(CNN)Masked rush-hour commuters. Subway cars and stations that reek of bleach. Legs crossed with empty seats on each side on the express. As US cities move to reopen on the other side of the curve of the coronavirus pandemic, beleaguered transit systems focused on shuttling essential workers to hospitals, nursing homes and food markets are scrambling to meet the demands of that new world. “This is going to be a slower ramp up than I think anybody expected, even a few weeks ago,” said Paul Skoutelas, president and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, a trade group.”As long as we remain in a shutdown mode or a partial mode, I think that ramp up will be rather slow.”From New York to Chicago to San Francisco, the nation’s transit systems are still working out the details of a return to a semblance of normalcy on buses and rails.This is what it might look like, according to industry experts and policies implemented during the health crisis. Keeping people away from each otherUnder a pilot program at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs New York City’s subways, buses and two commuter rail lines, vinyl shields have been installed on buses to further

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