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According to Alana Newbrook, General Manager for Advisory at WSP, “Continuation of public transport is essential to our economy and critical to connecting people to jobs, home, schools and essential services, particularly for those who cannot travel by other modes. However, the need for both physical distancing and measures to ensure driver and passenger safety, will continue to impact the capacity of those services.”
To help address these issues WSP has released a white paper today: COVID-19 & Public Transport: From Response to Recovery. Building on discussions around impacts of COVID-19 on transport demand, this paper largely focuses on capacity considerations, and what adjustments to services and travel patterns will be needed as restrictions are lifted and we transition to a ‘new normal’.
“Developed for an Australian context, this white paper builds on WSP’s earlier work in North America, and outlines a framework for assessing the capacity of public transport under different recovery scenarios,” adds Alana. “Its objective is to ensure public transport remains a critical part of the transport system, creating successful cities and thriving places.”