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Public Transport After The Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 has held the world in its grip for more than a year, causing a complete halt in daily routines. But as lockdowns to stop the spread of the virus were put in place, public transport continued to prove essential to providing mobility to frontline workers and keep our cities moving.

With vaccination programmes being rolled out, economic activity recovers and the demand for mobility grows. This provides a unique opportunity to start over and shape the future of our cities.

Public transport is the backbone of sustainable urban mobility, providing an essential service to keep the heart of cities beating . By investing in public transport and encouraging active mobility, we can build back to better mobility, better cities and better lives.

Extensive evidence has repeatedly shown that with the correct measures in place, public transport is COVID-safe. And by sharing knowledge, studying data and organising events, our global membership aims at helping the sector in rebuilding after the pandemic.

On this dedicated page, we have gathered key insights and resources for decision makers and the sector.

Our Resources, Knowledge and Events

As decision makers and the public transport sector took measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as societies reopen, UITP continues to gather experiences, knowledge and data. We share these insights through publications and events. Expand the topics below to find the most relevant resources.

Public transport is needed more than ever and those in decision-making roles must make sure the sector receives the financial and political incentive it needs. Policymakers can engage with our position publications calling for attention and investment in public transport now, and beyond the pandemic.

Briefs, factsheets and papers
Position Publications
Upcoming events & training programmes

For our Members

Are you a UITP member? Login to MyLibrary and browse our full list of case studies submitted from our members all over the world in an exchange of best practice and know-how.

You can also join in on the exchange and discussions on our members-only LinkedIn group that we’ve dubbed our ‘Coronavirus Exchange Platform’, where members share experiences, knowledge and best practices.

Interested in knowing more about the other benefits of UITP membership?

Keeping Public Transport Safe
Partnership for clean and safe public transport

As the public transport sector continues to react to the necessary implications of the coronavirus pandemic, public transport employees have worked tirelessly to implement extra cleaning procedures on board and at stations to make sure that the safety, comfort and needs of passengers continue to be met.

From the very start of the pandemic, UITP’s mission has been to support its members to share best practices and scientific knowledge to keep public transport safe during COVID-19.

By joining forces with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association and GBAC, its Global Biorisk Advisory Council™, we can continue to strengthen our responses to the ongoing situation.

The GBAC STAR programme provides an online fundamental course for key employees, as well as guidance documents for outbreak risk assessments, cleaning and disinfecting techniques and more. Globally recognised biorisk management experts then review applicants’ protocols against international standards to ensure that they cover all the necessary elements to protect passengers and employees.

UITP members benefit from a discounted rate to take the GBAC Fundamentals Trained Technician online course, which provides a 2.5 hour overview from infectious disease mitigation experts. The programme will review protocols for fleets, stations, depots, shelters and corporate facilities.

Copper to limit the spread of COVID-19

Translink, the public transport network of Vancouver, Canada piloted the use of copper as a solution against COVID-19. Because of its antiviral properties, the material proved to effectively kill bacteria. Working towards a follow up trial on a larger scale, Translink shared the results in a webinar.


CO-APS: Data to fight density in public transport

Co-Aps is a recently launched mobile application, that helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 by managing density in public transport and public spaces.

Even though scientific evidence so far seems to indicate that there have been very few contagions on public transport systems, it is important that our sector continues its efforts to provide the safest possible environment for travelers.

The Co-Aps platform implements mobile technology to gather anonymous user data, open data from cities and data from third party services to provide relevant information about crowds and density to public transport operators and city authorities.

Guardians of Mobility

There are many “unsung heroes” in times like these, and we recognise that our public transport professionals are some of them.

Public transport helps you bring groceries to your grandparents, get you to your work as health care professionals, or access health care facilities in times of need. Public transport workers, our ‘Guardians of Mobility’, are an integral part of the front liners keeping essential services available.

Throughout 2020, we shared stories from our own community on what was being done to keep public transport services running around the world, during the initial outbreak. This gave us the wonderful opportunity to shed a little light on our sector’s contribution to fighting this pandemic.


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