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...

Luxembourg public transport is now free, but at what cost?
Mobility Minister François Bausch says "The government wants Luxembourg to become a laboratory for mobility"

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Luxembourg is the first country in the world to make all public transport free starting March 1, 2020. Passengers can now hop on and off buses, trams, and trains without needing to validate passes, cards, or tickets. Exceptions are tickets and passes for first class train travel, which remain valid and keep the same...

Athens public transport furthers efforts to improve service and boost revenue
Ticket revenue is rising and system upgrades are being rolled out, although fare evasion remains high

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OASA (Athens Urban Transport Organization), the body providing most public transport services in Athens, Greece released new data revealing revenue numbers and service upgrades. Bus and trolley ticket revenues totalled €94 million in 2018. This is more than in 2017 (€82 million ) and 2016 (€87 million), though less than in 2015 (€97 million)...

1 in 33 passengers dodging fares on Berlin’s S-Bahn and BVG
Ticket inspectors identified 623,000 passengers travelling without a valid ticket in 2019

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BVG – the main public transport company in Berlin, and S-Bahn – the rapid transit operator in and around Berlin have released new figures revealing fare evasion rates. According to a recent report commissioned by the State Senate,  fraud rate was at an average 3% in 2019 for both companies. In 2018, this figure...

Toronto’s TTC fare evasion losses amount to $73.5 million in 2019
TTC aims to reduce losses by $10 million in 2020 through hiring more fare inspection officers, running preventive ad campaigns, and improving the Presto ticketing system

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TTC, the public transport operator in Toronto, Canada released a new report which reveals $73.5 million fare evasion losses in 2019, $12.5 million more than the previous year. According to the report, most fare dodging incidents take place on streetcars, at 15.9%, equivalent to $23 million. Fare evasion rate on buses is at 6.3%, or...

National red list for fare dodgers in Switzerland
277.000 persons have been registered in the national database by August 2019

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Public transport operators in Switzerland have set up a joint national register for fare dodgers. The digital register is active since April 2019 and aims to better tackle the problem of fare evasion on buses, trams and trains, which causes losses of millions of euros yearly. Transport operators held fare dodging databases previously, but...