Public Transit Before, During, and Following the Pandemic: A View From California



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Professor Brian D. Taylor

Professor of Urban Planning

Director, Institute of Transportation Studies

Director, Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies

University of California, Los Angeles

DATE & TIME: 28 September 2021(Tue), 10:00 - 11:00 am Hong Kong Time/

27 September 2021(Mon), 7:00 - 8:00 pm PDT

This Distinguished Transport Lecture will be held on ZOOM.


Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong


Public investment in public transit in the United States has been growing in the 21st century, particularly in its most populous and wealthiest state: California. However, ridership on buses and trains has been eroding since the start of the Great Recession in the late 2000s. As observed, recovery from COVID-19 pandemic has been slow. This talk explores the many dimensions of lagging ridership prior to, during, and coming out of the pandemic in California, in spite of many impressive investments in and improvements to transit service. It will also examine what might be done to revive transit use in the months and years ahead, and what lessons the California

experience may have for other places which would have the similar situation.


Brian D. Taylor, FAICP is a Professor of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UCLA. He is also a Director of the Lewis Centre for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA. He was a planner of San Francisco Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission. His research focused on exploring how society pays for transportation systems and how these systems in turn serve the needs of people. Topically, he examines travel behavior, transportation economics & finance, and politics & planning.

His recent research examines public transit use and finance prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the socio-economic dimensions of travel behavior, the rise of local option sales taxes for transportation, and the effects of traffic congestion on regional economies and housing production.

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This is to invite you to submit high-quality research papers for the HK-Swiss Symposium on Future Cities to be held online and in-person (circumstances permitting) in Hong Kong and the Switzerland in parallel on 16th – 17th May, 2022. In particular, the event will take place concurrently in Hong Kong and the Switzerland in the afternoon of 16th May, 2022 to allow real-time interactions of the speakers and audience in both places.

PhD students, early career researchers, industry practitioners, and senior researchers working on all topics related to future cities are strongly encouraged to participate and network in this event. The scope of this symposium is wide-ranging, including but not limited to:

  1. Autonomous vehicles

  2. Global warming and climate mitigation

  3. Behavioural changes and new urban form under COVID-19 challenges

  4. Big data computing and communications

  5. Shared mobility and mobility-as-a-service

  6. Internet of things and multi-sensor data fusion

  7. Public health

  8. Urban infrastructure

Authors are hereby invited to submit the list of following information and document(s) by email to the Institute of Transport Studies ( on or before 27th September, 2021, 23:59 (HKT).

  1. Paper title, author(s) and affiliations

  2. Presenter’s name and contact email

  3. Full abstract (500 – 800 words)

The language of this symposium is English. Selected papers may be invited for expansion/revision and further peer reviews for inclusion in Special Issues under preparation. More details will be announced in due course.

The registration fee is HK800 / CHF80 for physical attendance; and HKD200 / CHF20 for online attendance. Special support and a prize may be given to one PhD student based in Hong Kong to join the event at ETH Zurich (circumstances allowing).


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Transportation Responses to the COVID-19:

a dialogue between the East and the West

This seminar will be held on ZOOM only.



PROFESSOR PATRICIA MOKHTARIAN, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Patricia Mokhtarian is the Susan and Christopher Pappas Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in the study of travel behavior for 40+ years. She is a past Chair of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research, and a National Associate of the US National Academies.

PROFESSOR SUGIE LEE, Hanyang University, South Korea

Dr. Sugie Lee is a professor at the Department of Urban Planning & Engineering at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea. He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include urban form, walkability, urban design, smart mobility, and spatial analysis of urban big data.


26 May 2021 (Wednesday) 8:00 – 9:30 pm (HKT) / 12:00 – 1:30 pm (GMT) / 8:00 – 9:30 am (EDT)



Chairperson of Transport Policy Committee, Institute of Transport Studies


Deputy Chairperson of Transport Policy Committee, Institute of Transport Studies


Please register by email to before noon on 26 May 2021. Confirmation emails with ZOOM link will be sent to participants in due course.

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