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28 SEP 2021 (TUE), 10:00 - 11:00 am Hong Kong Time / 27 SEP 2021(MON), 7:00 - 8:00 pm PDT

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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