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The impacts of COVID-19 on travel behavior and initial perception of public transport measures in Istanbul
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CitationAydın, N., Kuşakçı, A. O. ve Deveci, M. (2022). The impacts of COVID-19 on travel behavior and initial perception of public transport measures in Istanbul. Decision Analytics Journal, 2 (100029). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dajour.2022.100029
The epidemic disease emerged in Wuhan/China in December 2019, which primarily causes acute respiratory syndrome and spread worldwide in a very short time. Although the countries took numerous precautions, the spread of the virus could not be controlled. Furthermore, due to the inability to maintain physical distance and the excess of shared surfaces, public transport services also increase the risk of spreading. This study analyzes the changes in perceptions and behavior of passengers who use public transportation via a survey. The survey is developed to assess the behavioral change of passengers pre and post-pandemic of COVID-19. Outcomes showed a notable shift among transportation modes due to closure of venues, utilization of distance education, partial curfews in Istanbul. A further focal point of the study is the passengers’ attitudes towards preventive measures and their perceptions on how well responsible bodies have implemented the measures. Thus, it provides valuable insights into the changes in the traveling habits of city residents, which help the policymakers of public transportation.