Journal of Naval Sciences and Engineering, vol.17, no.1, pp.77-102, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
The number of passengers in public transport has decreased significantly in major cities around the world due to COVID-19. As residents of many countries work from home, they have avoided public transport to minimize their exposure to the outbreak and have changed their way of traveling within their cities due to major changes in local public transport services. Istanbul is one of the cities most affected by the pandemic in terms of the daily number of passengers using public transportation. For the first time since the pandemic started in Istanbul, the use of urban public transportation has decreased by more than 90 percent. The aim of this study is to examine the measures taken in Istanbul public transport in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the trends in public transport and inter-modes demands during COVID-19 are analyzed. The results showed that COVID-19 measures to protect the health of passengers in Istanbul public transport are in line with global practices during the initial stage of the pandemic.