Mobility apps reveal user public transit data during Covid-19
Moovit, Citymapper, Transit, Apple and Google confirm similar trends albeit with some variations

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Demand for public transport fell to record lows in the past months as the Coronavirus swept through communities around the world. Ridership fell from 65% to less than 10% of normal capacity, and transit organisations adapted their schedules and service frequency to reflect demand. We looked at the data from several urban mobility apps...

Face masks: how effective against Covid-19 in public transport?
As authorities start to ease restrictions people are asked to wear masks in public places to minimise the risk of spreading the virus

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Public transport travel has changed dramatically since the outbreak of coronavirus. Operators are confronted with staff deaths and infections, massive drops in ridership, and some companies require bailout money to keep service running. Several countries have introduced new rules for travelling in public transport in order to limit the spread of the disease. One...

Public transport use changes during Covid-19 in Barcelona
Ridership is down by an average 90% in Barcelona and surroundings in the past month

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Travelling by public transport in Barcelona is restricted to essential journeys only as the city maintains Covid-19 restrictions. Local transit agencies now use their communication budgets urging people to stay at home. Ridership declined as much as 95% on some days. During the two-week period of total lockdown between March 30 – April 12,...

4 ways public transport changed during Covid-19
Safety and plummeting revenue are the main concerns for transit operators as most authorities continue enforcing restrictions

With more than one month in since the Covid-19 outbreak outside China, governments around the world continue the fight to contain the spread of the virus. People are told to stay at home and avoid travelling unless strictly necessary, although in the past days we have seen stories of several countries starting to ease...

Covid-19: Brussels adjusts public transport service
Rides for critical workers are ensured as non-essential lines run less frequently or are temporarily suspended

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Public transport operators in Brussels run services according to a modified schedule to reflect the demand during the Covid-19 outbreak. STIB-MIVB, The Brussels Inter-communal Transport Company has temporarily suspended or reduced frequency on non-essential bus, tram and metro lines throughout the city. It announced that it pays particular attention to peak times when the...

Paris cuts public transport service to tackle Covid-19 spread
Frequency and operating hours are reduced and some stations closed as people are urged not to travel except for essential needs

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Paris transport operator RATP and national rail group SNCF have implemented a number of service reductions in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Since last week, RATP’s fleet of bus, tram and metro vehicles operate at 30-60% of normal capacity. The company says this is enough to reflect the falling demand but still ensure social...

Public transport in Wuhan, China partially resumes
Authorities ease restrictions after two-months lockdown, allowing passengers in good health to travel

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Public transport has partially resumed in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, after nine weeks of total lockdown. About 117 bus routes (1/3 of all bus lines) and some subway lines restarted service on March 25th. Passengers are allowed to travel as long as they can prove they are in good health condition....

TfL modifies service in response to Covid-19 outbreak
The new measures come as authorities take a tougher stance to prevent the spread of the virus in public transport

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TfL (Transport for London) has announced a number of measures that aim to prevent and reduce the spread of the coronavirus. It plans to gradually reduce service across its network, whilst still upholding essential rides for critical workers. Some 40 stations that have no interchange are to be closed, among which Covent Garden, Park...

Public transport and Covid-19: updates and preventive measures
Ridership has drastically declined worldwide as passengers are urged to stay at home and avoid taking any unnecessary trips

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Last update: April 18, 2020 Public transport operators take exceptional measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. As we have learned from the media in the past weeks, transit is faced with an unprecedented situation of maintaining service while running on almost no revenue due to falling demand. Keeping public transport operational is critical so...

Fare evasion rate in Santiago, Chile at 32,6% at the end of 2019
The figure is 6,1% higher than the previous quarter, but does not surpass the record 34.6% rate reached in 2016

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New figures released by the Government of Chile reveal fare evasion rates on Santiago’s public transport network are at 32.6% for the last quarter of 2019. The figure is 6.1% higher than the previous quarter, and corresponds to the period when violent protests in October 2019 led to massive acts of evasion and destruction...