“More and more people from the city are getting on the bus again; transactions (trips) are going up, and we are already at an 80% recovery compared to the pre-pandemic. We are reaching the values of 2019, the most ‘typical year ‘ before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, the quality of the service has to start responding”. The definition is from Andrea Zorzón, director of municipal mobility.
In July 2019, the number of transactions in the Public Transportation System for Passengers by Collectives (TPPC) registered in the SUBE, was 2,805,532 in the city. Then came the pandemic and the ASPO, with people locked up in their homes and where only essential personnel (safety and health, for example) could use public transport: the bus ticket cuts collapsed resoundingly. The crisis in the sector continued to be seen in all its magnitude during 2021.
Even so, in July 2022 the number of urban trips in the city was 2,280,950. If the almost total “parade” of 2020 is taken into account, and if the pre-pandemic versus post-pandemic data are compared, a recovery of 81.3% is being achieved, although it is still 18.7% below those “normal” numbers from July 2019.
Another factor: in the interannual and intermonthly comparison, July is a month where mobility falls due to the school break and winter holidays, and this is noticeable: in June 2019 (pre-pandemic), there were 3,290,321 registered trips in the city in groups: 15% less in July compared to the immediately previous month. And from June to July of this year, the drop in travel was also similar in percentage terms, 14%.
Now, if the data from the first months of 2019 and those of 2022 are compared, the recovery in ticket cuts was very scarce. In January and February of that year, the total number of transactions (trips) was 4,845,650. In both months of July this year, 2,737,458: the recovery was only 54% in January, and 58% in February.
Then, that recovery was in crescendo from March (with the restart of classes and all administrative activity, plus the return of vacations) until July. The pre-pandemic values of 2019 still need to be achieved, but little by little people are beginning to get back on the bus, a situation also pushed by the national economic crisis: inflation and increases in gasoline, for taking only two elements of daily life , has led users to leave the car and move in “bondi”.
“We must work on a transition towards bidding (for the collective public passenger transport system) that will bring the fleets to the quality they deserve, the same with the frequencies, the general condition of the cars and the age”, Zorzon emphasized.