The impacts of COVID-19 on Public Transit

The impact of COVID-19 on public transportation has been substantial. The public transit agencies are facing unprecedented challenges, including its operator's absenteeism rate, a sharp decline in the number of passengers, the tightening of funding sources, new disinfection practices, and the maintenance of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the safety of operators and riders. Meanwhile, public transit is critical for essential workers to commute and for citizens to access food and medical services. These challenges will continue changing and impact public transit significantly. The proposed project is to study the impacts of COVID-19 on public transit by the following aspects: (1) Impacts of COVID-19 on ridership and public transit operation, (2) existing countermeasures employed by public transit agencies, and (3) best practices and lessons learned. Understanding how COVID-19 impact public transit will be the basis for future transportation planning for maintaining safe and effective public transit service under such special circumstances.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $83636
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education

      University of North Carolina, Charlotte
      Charlotte, NC  United States  28223

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of North Carolina, Charlotte

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      9201 University City Boulevard
      Charlotte, NC  United States  28223-0001
    • Project Managers:

      Fan, Wei

    • Performing Organizations:

      Texas Southern University, Houston

      3100 Cleburne Street
      Houston, TX  United States  77004
    • Principal Investigators:

      Qi, Yi

      Azimi, Mehdi

    • Start Date: 20201001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20220930
    • Actual Completion Date: 20220930

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01754805
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747133
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Oct 17 2020 1:46PM