Quantifying Impacts of Prolonged Events on Transit System Ridership

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has had far-reaching impacts on public health, the economy, and our ways of living. It adds to a long list of historic events that have thoroughly altered travel behavior and disrupted transportation systems on a global scale. It is critical for public agencies to understand the expected magnitude of transit ridership drops during a pandemic, as well as the expected duration and speed of the recovery process. It is also important to identify and quantify the psychological and social factors that contribute to the entire process, so that agencies can properly plan and allocate transit service resources in accordance to the ridership. The purpose of this project is to collect historic data and research findings, both quantitative and qualitative, on the impacts of prolonged events in history on the ridership of major urban transit systems.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $36000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Illinois Department of Transportation

      Bureau of Materials and Physical Research
      126 East Ash Street
      Springfield, IL  United States  62704-4766
    • Managing Organizations:

      University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

      Illinois Center for Transportation
      1611 Titan Drive
      Rantoul, IL  United States  61866
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ouyang, Yanfeng

    • Start Date: 20201116
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210815
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01757838
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Illinois Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: R27-SP45
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Nov 17 2020 10:16AM