Research Report – Food Access and Food Delivery Service: An Exploratory Study for the Role of Public Transportation During the COVID-19 Pandemic
A report published by SURCOM examines the role that public transportation played in delivering food and providing food access during the pandemic. Transit ridership decreased dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, many agencies started a food delivery service. This study conducted two national surveys of transit agencies to evaluate food access before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic and the negative impact of the pandemic on transit operations and service. Results indicated transit agencies are highly interested in enhancing food access by providing food delivery and are eager to support the local food system. Several transit agencies provided food delivery years before the pandemic as one of their operational services to meet certain people’s needs, and many began providing food delivery during the pandemic.
The full report and executive summary can be found at the link below: