In the face of unprecedented disruptions to transport and mobility systems, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted profound reflections on how we move people and goods both locally and globally. Planning pandemic responses has raised questions such as how to maintain the viability of formal and informal public transport modes in urban and rural settings, how to adapt passenger and freight rail systems to comply with pandemic precautions; how to address headwinds for domestic and international airline travel, and how to navigate changing shipping demand patterns.
The pandemic has also prompted alternate visions for the future of transport and mobility, which could include experiencing cleaner air and less noise pollution through reduced urban congestion; adopting cost-efficient measures to reclaim streets for pedestrians and cyclists; and reimagining urban freight and logistics in response to an unprecedented demand for online deliveries.
As the world grapples with successive waves of the pandemic and tries to shape long-term recovery, change-makers are implementing a series of short-term responses to ensure economic viability, affordable access to sustainable, low carbon transport and mobility services and infrastructure. COVID-19 responses in the transport sector can be seen as a vital element of green, equitable recovery of social and economic systems, and sustainable approaches are essential to safeguarding the ecosystems by which these systems are sustained (SLOCAT Partnership).
These sub-pages provide further detail on COVID-19 Responses: