Public transit services during heat waves
Funding and Financing
Provide subsidized transit to cooling centers during heat waves can help protect communities. In particular, this can support vulnerable populations, especially older adults, that are isolated and/or may not have access to cooling at home.
Subsidize or provide transit to cooling centers.
Considerations for Use
This intervention will have the greatest impact with targeted outreach to make sure community members know about public transportation options during heat waves. Additionally, cooling centers should be located in areas that are accessible to public transit.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:Funding and FinancingThe allocation of public or philanthropic funding or private financing to implement projects, including risk transfer mechanisms.
Trigger Points:City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.
Sectors:Informal Settlements, Transportation
Target Beneficiaries:Heat-vulnerable communities, Residents
Phase of Impact:Emergency response and management
Metrics:Number of riders or subsidies
Intervention Scale:City, Neighborhood
Authority and Governance:City government, State/provincial government
Implementation Timeline:Short-term (1-2 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:CBOs, City government
Funding Sources:Public investment
Capacity to Act:High, Medium
Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):Reduce air and water pollution, Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Build social cohesion, Improve human health