Healthy Connections in the City: Rethinking Public Transit

Date & Time

Monday, October 26, 2020, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Kalpana Viswanath, Co-Founder and CEO, Safetipin, New Delhi, India


Jim Aloisi, Instructor of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, US
Roberto Capuano Tripp, Director General, Metrobus, Mexico City, Mexico
Claudia de Freitas Vidigal, Brazil Representative, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Sao Paulo, Brazil 


The pandemic has forced a critical spotlight on public transit, from the seismic shift in work commutes to transit’s role in keeping our cities functioning during a crisis. It has also exposed the flawed financial model that undergirds transit, based heavily, if not solely, on ridership revenue. As cities plan for post-pandemic and more resilient systems, this session will explore rethinking transit for access and public health, as well as new business models including transit’s exclusive focus on fare revenue, ridership, and economic productivity.

Deep Dive Discussions - These are concurrent sessions on a specific topic that includes a panel of experts. Participants will also be placed in small groups to delve deeper into questions and ideas that speaker pose.

Session Type

Deep Dive Discussion