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Webinar: Build Back Better: Public Transport and COVID-19 Recovery

As governments consider longer-term economic recovery and rebuilding, key transport experts discuss opportunities for investment into public transport as economic stimulus towards a broader agenda of environmental, social and health benefits.

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About the Webinar

Public transport is experiencing enormous and immediate challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, as ridership plunges. But public transport is also serving a crucial role in connecting health care workers and other essential workers to their jobs. The crisis has revealed, whether you are a rider or not, just how much society relies on public transport.

How do governments best create jobs to boost economic recovery? How do we ensure the long-term health of public transport? What’s the best way to address financial, operational and perception challenges?

As governments consider economic stimulus and how to reboot urban economies, now is the time to consider opportunities for investment in public transport as a key part of the solution. Public transport provides jobs (and access to jobs), helps create safer streets, and can reduce carbon emissions, among other benefits to society.

WRI Ross Center brings together experienced experts to discuss potential investments for countries and cities. This is the first of a continued discussion on the role of sustainable transport in economic recovery around the world.


  • Sergio Avelleda, Director, Urban Mobility, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Maruxa Cardama, Secretary General, SLoCaT (Partnership for Sustainable Low-Carbon Transport)
  • Adriana Lobo, Executive Director, WRI Mexico
  • Daizong Liu, Director, WRI China Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for America
  • Ben Welle, Director, Integrated Transport & Innovation, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities (moderator)

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