In our first live COVID-19 briefing, Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General at UITP, will deliver the latest information on a number of pressing areas for public transport and mobility professionals, from ridership impact to the increase in air quality in some of the world’s most polluted cities.
With extreme social distancing measures in place the world over, we’ll reveal the precise impact that COVID-19 has had on public transport ridership numbers with the latest data and statistics.
With only essential journeys being made via public transport and other urban mobility services, there’s been a drastic downturn in the amount of revenue being generated by paying passengers. How should governments be supporting their public transport networks, both financially and otherwise, during and post-pandemic?
Looking ahead, there will also be analysis of the predicted appetite for public transport use as we transition out of social distancing; will demand rise back to normal levels, and how long will it take if so? In the longer term, how will COVID-19 affect the progress that has been made in public transport’s gaining of modal share from single occupancy vehicles?
We will also be looking at the indirect effect that the virus has had on climate change and air quality, and whether any progress made can be maintained once social distancing measures around the world are eased.
In each of the above cases, Mohamed will be providing best practice tips and advice for operators and authorities, as well as citing some of the best global examples of handling operations during the pandemic.