Strategies for Recovery: COVID-19 and Urban Transport Policy in Asia

Publication | April 2022

The transport sector is vital for supporting populations' needs, but it can also play a significant role in the spread of COVID-19.

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.

Additional Details

  • Health
  • Social development and protection
  • Transport
  • Urban development