HBE Forum - Seeking sustainability in the pandemic adaptations of public transit
During the COVID-19 pandemic, urban public transportation has been disrupted with different effects in cities around the world. This presentation will explore some of these differences through analyzing urban mobility data in Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand and Portland and Bellingham in the United States, to explore the relationship between public transit ridership both with external factors such as lockdowns, infection rates, and workplace policies as well as endogenous factors such as customer perceptions, farebox collection, and schedule changes. The data analysed highlights several possibilities for public transit's capacity for pandemic adaptation and recovery.
Results show that "concerns" about COVID-19 have influenced ridership more than actual cases and identify two distinct mobility patterns, suggesting that restrictions on movement have been interpreted differently in different countries, and on different modes of transportation. During the pandemic, working from home reached an unprecedented peak, and the corresponding decline in work trips taken by private car reduced GHG emissions by an estimated 3,000 tons of CO2 per day in our sample. Considering how to extend the more sustainable mobility outcomes that were observed in our cases highlights the potential to advance sustainable transportation after the pandemic subsides.
|Event Date||Jun 23, 2021 11:00 to Jun 23, 2021 12:30|
|Posted by NCCEH||Jun 08, 2021|