COVID19 funding challenges on urban transport

Government has put in place emergency funding packages to allow public transport to be maintained during the pandemic. This funding has been welcome as it closes the gap between the costs of providing local public transport and the revenue gap created by much lower levels of patronage than normal.

However these various funding packages are nearing ‘cliff edge’ end dates. If new funding arrangements are not put in place then service cuts or fares rises, or both, will be inevitable.