Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Travel Behaviour: Evidences from early stages of the Pandemic in India

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Saurabh Dandapat

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur

Kinjal Bhattacharyya

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Sai Kiran Annam

RCG School of Infrastructure Design and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpu

Kaustubh Saysardar

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Bhargab Maitra

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Date Written: September 15, 2020

Abstract

The paper demonstrates the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on travel behaviour in India during the early stage. A questionnaire, consisting of five stages, was designed for collecting peoples’ responses with respect to various aspects of travel and distributed through various online modes. A total of 3,830 refined responses obtained from various cities across India were analysed using various statistical techniques. The analysis brings out several interesting findings related to the travel characteristics of people including the trend of ‘work from home’, modal shift, risk perception about travelling on different modes, and expected travel characteristics during post COVID scenario. The results clearly shows evidences of peoples’ higher risk perception for public transport, intermediate transport, and flights, modal shift in favour of personal vehicles during the initial stage, and expected delayed recovery of ridership on PT and IPT modes during post COVID era.

Keywords: COVID-19, Travel behaviour, Mode change, Risk perception, Lockdown, Post lockdown travel

Suggested Citation

Dandapat, Saurabh and Bhattacharyya, Kinjal and Annam, Sai Kiran and Saysardar, Kaustubh and Maitra, Bhargab, Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Travel Behaviour: Evidences from early stages of the Pandemic in India (September 15, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3692923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3692923

Saurabh Dandapat

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur ( email )

Kharagpur
IIT Khragpur
Kharagpur, IN West Bengal 721302
India

Kinjal Bhattacharyya

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur ( email )

Kharagpur
West Medinipur, WA West Bengal 721302
India
+919830092700 (Phone)

Sai Kiran Annam

RCG School of Infrastructure Design and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpu ( email )

Kharagpur
West Medinipur, WA West Bengal 721302
India

Kaustubh Saysardar

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur ( email )

Kharagpur
West Medinipur, WA West Bengal 721302
India

Bhargab Maitra (Contact Author)

Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur ( email )

Kharagpur
West Medinipur, WA West Bengal 721302
India
+919434040738 (Phone)

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