Changes in passengers’ travel behavior due to covid-19

Dong Gyun Ku, Jung Sik Um, Young Ji Byon, Joo Young Kim, Seung Jae Lee

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The COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 has changed the way people travel due to its highly contagious nature. In this study, changes in the travel behavior of passengers due to COVID-19 in the first half of 2020 were examined. To determine whether COVID-19 has affected the use of transportation by passengers, paired t-tests were conducted between the passenger volume of private vehicles in Seoul prior to and after the pandemic. Additionally, the passenger occupancy rate of different modes of transportation during the similar time periods were compared and analyzed to identify the changes in monthly usage rate for each mode. In the case of private vehicles and public bicycles, the usage rates have recovered or increased when compared to those of before the pandemic. Conversely, bus and rail passenger service rates have decreased from the previous year before the pandemic. Furthermore, it is found that existing bus and rail users have switched to the private auto mode due to COVID-19. Based on the results, traffic patterns of travelers after the outbreak and implications responding to the pandemic are discussed.

Original languageBritish English
Article number7974
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number14
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Mode share rate
  • Paired sample t-test
  • Public transport
  • Seoul


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