Change has finally come. Everything from the way we eat, work, and yes, travel, is different now. If the new-normal feeling hasn’t hit you yet, you probably will after you see this.
This definitely falls under the new normal, all right. As you can see, the regular seating configuration has been ditched in favor of a new 1x1x1 setup to help implement social-distancing guidelines during trips. All seats—including the driver’s—also come equipped with acrylic barriers on both sides, though we can see that a passenger’s height could limit their effectiveness. Perhaps they’re adjustable? Also, that middle row probably won’t do passengers any favors when it comes to ingress and egress.
“We can't wait to see you again. Here is a sneak preview of Victory Liner’s ‘new normal’ buses for the Baguio route,” Victory Liner said on its official Facebook page. “1x1x1 seating configuration with individual acrylic shields. You want it? We’ve got it.”
Frankly, it must have taken a sizeable investment to convert this bus—and this is on top of what we assume will be a possible hit on fares on account of reduced seating capacity. No word, though, on how many of Victory Liner’s buses now carry this seating configuration.
Like we said, change has come. As to whether this new setup will be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, we don’t know yet—at the very least, it has to be a lot better than sitting elbow-to-elbow with possible carriers, right? What do you think of this 1x1x1 seating configuration? Should more bus lines follow this example?