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Public transport post pandemic next steps
|Article first publshed on ICE News site on May 16 as 'No turning back for public transport, panel debate concludes' written by Ana Bottle, assistant digital content editor at ICE|
An ICE-led panel debate on public transport funding has concluded that there’s no returning to pre-pandemic ways of working. Part of the ICE’s new Next Steps Programme, the debate discussed how to recover the public transport networks that suffered due to Covid-19.
"Reverting to pre-Covid models is not possible but cuts would roll back years of progress,” said Jagoda Egeland, advisor to the secretary-general of the International Transport Forum and one of the panellists.
This new trend of hybrid working has seen commuter demand concentrated on Tuesday to Thursday, with Mondays and Fridays typically experiencing lower use.
 The knock-on effect
“Public transport systems are enablers of social and environmental cohesion. It’s not a question of whether support should continue but more the structure of how that support should happen,” Jonathan Spruce, ICE trustee for policy and external affairs, said at the debate.
- Being fit for purpose amid changes to how people work,
- Decarbonising transport and help reach net zero,
- Boosting green economic growth,
- Addressing inadequate connectivity in rural communities, and
- Over-relying on farebox revenue.
 What can be done?
New policies could include:
- Congestion or road user charging,
- Workplace and/or retail parking levies,
- Land value capture, and
- Transport networks with more active travel provision and shared transport options.
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