Public Transport and COVID-19: How to Transition from Response to Recovery

During the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions (Stage 1), public transit ridership in Australia has decreased dramatically, about 80% less daily usage compared with earlier this year. This report presents capacity scenarios for Australian public transit to control the spread of COVID-19 during the transition phase (Stage 2) in which restrictions on travel are progressively eased. Sample floor plans for one vehicle per mode (bus, tram, train) illustrate capacity reductions that could be utilized during strict social distancing, moderate distancing, or relaxed distancing. Percentage of seating, percentage of capacity, and total number of passengers are provided for each vehicle. Two bus routes, one in Sydney and one in Newcastle, are used as case studies for bus transportation capacity reduction. It is suggested that for a normally busy route like Sydney's M52 bus route, in order to maintain moderate distancing, service levels may need to be adjusted to meet travel demand. For Newcastle bus route 11, the existing supply of buses is probably sufficient but certain busier stops may require demand management such as encouraging active transport. The report concludes with issues for transit operating agencies to consider during the Stage 2 (transition) phase including: worker safety, contactless ticketing, enforcing vehicle capacity, travel demand management, real time traveler information, and supporting complementary modes.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 36p

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  • Accession Number: 01742291
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 11 2020 11:25AM