Recent studies have shown that the transport sector plays a vital role in supporting populations’ needs. However, it can also play a significant role in the spread of COVID-19.

Key Points

A critical challenge for governments is to balance the continuation of essential services that sustain livelihoods with lockdowns required to control the spread of COVID-19.

While work, lifestyle, and travel patterns in the future may change due to adaptation during the pandemic, telecommuting and e-learning practices are unable to completely replace physical activities, especially in developing countries.

Well-planned urban public transport systems, with robust measures to adequately address health and safety issues, can enhance the accessibility and vibrancy of a city and improve the quality of life of its residents.

Big data analysis can provide crucial insights for understanding the actual impact of COVID-19-mitigation measures and determining the “sweet spot” that balances business openings with limiting the spread of the virus.

Future policies must be city-specific and tailored to unique factors, such as the distribution of types of businesses, local communities’ needs, health considerations, and infection rates.

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