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20200305-Thoughts on Urban Transportation Under the COVID-19 Pandemic
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WANG Yu, XU Dingyuan, SHI Lin
China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, Beijing 100037, China

Abstract: The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has brought an enormous impact and changes to cities and lives in 2020. The three measures have been proposed in response to the pandemic: the wide application of telecommuting, the appropriate increase in the car-purchase quota, and the application of customized shuttle buses. By analyzing the impact of the above measures on urban transportation, this paper reflects on relevant problems of urban transportation and puts forward several suggestions. Firstly, it is recommended that the combination of telecommuting, flexible working and staggered commute time can help alleviate traffic congestion during morning and evening peak hours. Secondly, it is suggested that while car-purchase restrictions are relaxed to boost the economy of automotive industry, policies should be formulated to allocate the purchase indicators to families and advocate “securing a parking space before buying a car.” Besides, the adjustment and control policies for users to pay for the external cost of cars should be speeded up in accordance with the principle of self-payment by the users. Thirdly, it is recommended to further promote the development of diversified public transportation service in combination with the promotion and application of customized shuttle buses to improve the service of public transportation in accordance with the change of demand.

Keywords: transportation policy; traffic congestion mitigation; car purchase restrictions; public transportation; COVID-19; telecommuting