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Madrid: The continued use of public transport during COVID-19

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First published on 13 December 2021. 

Public transport plays a vital role both in sustainable urban mobility planning and in reducing transport emissions, and the Covid-19 crisis has shown how essential public transport is to guarantee access and continuity of basic services.

There is now enough evidence to show that measures recommended by health authorities resulted in a very low risk of catching Covid-19 on public transport. The UITP also published a policy briefing explaining how safety can be implemented while also maintaining high quality service.

During the pandemic Madrid managed to keep public transport running safely and efficiently. This video case study highlights how their public transport system adapted, presenting the measures taken by the city to ensure the safe continued use of public transport.

The video includes an interview with the Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid (EMT) Managing Director, Alfonso Sánchez Vicente.