Last month, the European Parliament’s TRAN Committee released a rapid response briefing providing an overview on the state of play and trends of urban transport since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It outlines four scenarios, the prevalence of one or the other depending on the priorities established by policy makers and service providers. The briefing delivers general recommendations for a post-COVID-19 smart and sustainable urban transport and a set of desirable actions on how to integrate EU response into existing policy priorities.

Key findings are the following:

  • Authorities and operators all over the world had to respond quickly to the pandemic and
    find rapid and efficient solutions to guarantee safe mobility.
  • The use of public transport and shared mobility services decreased dramatically during and
    immediately after the lockdown, while citizens prefer(red) private vehicles such as cars and
    bicycles, but also walking.
  • Last mile freight distribution has proven to be an essential service during the lockdown,
    providing grocery and goods to households. E-commerce is likely to keep growing.
  • The evolution of urban mobility trends will depend on the pre-COVID-19 situation of each
    city and country and on policies that will be promoted at the European, national and local
    level with four scenarios being identified
  • All EU interventions for a full recovery of mobility and connectivity should be aligned with
    the strategies already in place and should not overlook the challenges identified therein.
  • Multimodality and radical modal shift will occur if policy-makers integrate the offer of new
    and traditional mobility services within local transport policies.
  • Data sharing and interoperability is needed to manage safety-related aspects such as
    physical distancing, contactless transactions, and flexible timetables.

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