Combating Epidemics in Transport


To combat an epidemic, it is essential to avoid or reduce travel or the need to travel in general. This is in particular important in the case of non-essential traffic. Therefore, prioritize system relevant employees and goods.

United Kingdom - March 26, 2020

Transport for London (TfL) advises Passengers

Transport for London communicates its measures to passengers via social media and advises not to travel during rush hour. Moreover, London's transport provider advises employees to work from home wherever possible to help protect key workers who need to travel

London Underground Bruno Martins On Unsplash

London, United Kingdom (Photo by Bruno Martins on Unsplash)

Nigeria - March 22, 2020

Lagos Issues Public Transport Guidelines for COVID-19

As part of the efforts by the Lagos State Government to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the state, the government Sunday issued a guideline on the operation of public transportation in the state.

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Lagos, Nigeria (Photo by Temitayo Aina on Unsplash)

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan- March 19/21, 2020

Setting Up Check-Points

Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan as well as Almaty are under lock down with restriced air and train travel.

In Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat checkpoints were set up around the city to inform people that non-essential travel was banned. All international flights are suspended.

In the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, all public transportation was shut down.

Uzbekistan, Tashkent. Baqbergen Atabayev on Unsplash

Uzbekistan, Tashkent (Photo by Baqbergen Atabayev on Unsplash)

United States of America – March 18, 2020

Uber and Lyft suspend pool rides in US and Canada to reduce the spread of coronavirus

Uber and Lyft are suspending the pooled ride component of services in the US and Canada to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. UberPool and Lyft's shared ride feature, which offer riders a lower price by allowing them to share the car with other passengers heading in the same direction, are now unavailable when users open the apps.

Uber Lyft Usa Photo By Thought Catalog On Unsplash

Ride hailing USA (Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash)

China - March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Implications to Sustainable Urban obility – some observations

Against the background of the virus spread, what are key trends emerging related to sustainable mobility and what are preliminary lessons learnt from measures taken for instance in China, Korea and other parts of the world? This article is structure into 4 action areas, a proposed conceptual framework and general recommendations.

How Covid 19 Spread Through A Hunan Bus

Credit: Sebastian Ibold/GIZ China, Nikola Medimorec/SLOCAT, Armin Wagner/GIZ

Philippines - March 14, 2020

Defining Distancing Rules for Public Transport

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has released the latest social-distancing guidelines for all modes of public transport amidst the current COVID-19 code red sublevel 2 situation in Metro Manila. The operations of motorcycle taxis has been temporarily suspended. Also suspended are multiple bookings for a single trip provided by transport network vehicle services (TNVS) such as GrabShare.

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Mandaluyong, Philippines (Photo by Eugenio Pastoral on Unsplash)

United States of America – March 13, 2020

Should you take public transit during a pandemic?

US cities are disinfecting subways and buses, but people are still worried about the coronavirus.

Usa Bus Corona Karen Ducey On Getty Images

A worker for Washington’s King County Metro system sprays disinfectant on a bus. The county’s fleet of 1,600 buses will get cleaned once a day (Photo by Karen Ducey on Getty Images/

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