Bus operations in India: the impact of COVID-19

2020
  • Studies/reports
  • Press release
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the global public transport sector, UITP and the World Bank have surveyed bus operators across India to better understand: what has been the impact of COVID-19 on operations? Since 25 March, the Government of India has imposed a lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak - with public transport services limited to essential services only. The ban on operations during lockdown has caused significant financial losses to operators and it’s predicted that when services resume, demand may not return to pre-lockdown levels due to the norms of physical distancing and passengers’ perceived risk of travelling. Our new Statistics Brief “Impact of COVID-19 on Indian Bus Operators” provides an overview on the specific challenges faced by the sector and practical solutions needed to address them.

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