How Have Transit Rider Habits Changed Post-Pandemic? Moovit’s 2022 Global Public Transport Report Paints a Fascinating Picture

Published: December 13, 2022

It’s that time of the year — Moovit’s Global Public Transport Report is here to reveal insights about global transit trends about the way people moved around their cities in 2022. 

This year, lockdowns came to an end, remote-only activities decreased, and people felt free to move around their cities once again. That meant more drivers on the road, and increased congestion and commute times for vehicles that share the road — buses, streetcars, light rails, etc. 

Use Moovit’s 2022 Global Public Transport Report to find answers to the ever-important question: Are we solving the right problems – and if so, are we solving them efficiently and sustainably?

To get the most accurate data, we’ve sifted through tens of millions of trip requests performed by Moovit app users in 99 cities across 24 countries. Combined with user research, the behavioral mobility insights uncovered in the Global Report paint a fascinating picture of how people commuted post-pandemic, which cities experienced the hardest impact on transit ridership, and rankings for best and worst public and shared transit experiences. 

Overall, public transit riders in most cities worldwide experienced increased commute times, wait times, and traveled longer distances this year, compared to Moovit’s 2020 report. 

View Moovit’s 2022 Global Public Transport Report here.

Here are some tidbits from areas around the world to get you started:

  • London and NYC have approximately the same population and both have robust transit networks, however the average commute time in the NYC-NJ-CT tri-state area is 58 minutes. London’s commute time average is 46 minutes, just 1 minute more than Pittsburgh (which offers riders the shortest commute times in the US)
  • In Mexico City, 29% of public transit riders usually make 3 or more transfers during their journey — the highest in the world 
  • Locals in Istanbul endure the longest public transit commute times in the world, while locals of Burgos, Spain enjoy the shortest
  • Due to COVID-19, 1 in 4 Americans have reduced their usage of public transit
  • In 2022, the average distance traveled using public and shared transportation in the UK increased b 48% compared to 2020

Ready to dive into the data? Click here.

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