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Responding to COVID-19: How to optimize transportation resources during emergencies

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The COVID-19 crisis is disrupting life as we knew it and quickly creating a new normal. For public transportation, in particular, restrictions and city lockdowns continue to impact regular travel as communities adhere to very real concerns over physical distancing. But as we begin to think about what life will look like in the months to come, including life after COVID-19, we can see this as an opportunity to think through immediate changes that will impact our future, starting with a positive change in how we move.

Our team at Via is here to help you think of new solutions to better serve your community. At times like these, it’s important that we all come together to support each other – we’re already working with a number of cities around the world to adapt their transit infrastructure for essential services, and we are eager to share what we’ve learned. Join us for a 20 minute discussion about how to utilize existing transit infrastructure to effectively and quickly launch on-demand emergency services in times of crises. Dan Berkovits, Director of Strategy at Via will highlight:

  • The types of challenges cities around the world are facing because of new demands on public transportation.
  • How on-demand services – and other modernized transportation technology and operational capabilities – can efficiently help communities get emergency and essential services up and running.
  • Ways to mobilize existing fleets – and drivers – to provide access to services, such as meal, grocery, and pharmaceutical deliveries to those in need (school meals, seniors, etc), and transportation for essential staff like hospital workers.
  • How places like Berlin, Ohio, and Malta are using their transit infrastructure  to provide essential services during these times of crisis.


Dan Berkovits

Director of Strategy at Via