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Mexico: Impact of COVID-19 on public transport ridership in Mexico City [free access]

September 1, 2020

Between January and June 2020, ridership across multiple modes of public transport contracted by over 14 per cent. The maximum decline in ridership was witnessed in the light rail network (24.2 per cent), followed by the Metrobus network (21.5 per cent). Compared to the corresponding period in 2019, public transport ridership across multiple modes contracted by over 20 per cent. A sharp decline in ridership was witnessed in April 2020 after the national government declared the COVID-19 a pandemic.     

 

The table below provides information about the ridership across multiple modes in Mexico City.

 

Table: Public transport ridership in Mexico City

Month

Metro*

Light rail^

Metrobus^

Trolleybus^

2019

2020

2019

2020

2019

2020

2019

2020

January

132.31

130.71

2,460.40

2,083.67

32,213.27

32,441.07

3,756.79

3,862.94

February

122.69

129.07

2,460.61

2,425.27

31,036.20

31,426.17

3,541.39

4,066.47

March

134.61

107.53

2,655.55

1,986.72

33,673.56

25,126.83

3,832.75

3,609.08

April

124.67

41.14

2,385.82

729.18

30,706.57

8,236.45

3,508.93

1,595.77

May

133.94

35.90

2,547.58

342.54

33,564.02

7,886.29

3,558.86

1,518.18

June

776.75

489.13

2,326.70

522.63

31,992.13

9,683.27

3,267.19

1,792.69

 Note: *- Million passengers; ^- Thousand passengers

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática (INEGI)

 

The figure below provides information about the change in ridership across multiple modes compared to the corresponding period in 2019.

 

Figure: Changes in ridership (%)

Source: Global Mass Transit Research