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Policy Solution

Public transit services during heat waves

Funding and Financing


Summary: Provide subsidized transit to cooling centers during heat waves can help protect communities. In particular, this can suppport vulnerable populations, especially older adults, that are isolated and/or may not have access to cooling at home.

Implementation: 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.

  • 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.
  • Intervention Type:
  • 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


  • Cost-Benefit:
  • Public Good:
  • GHG Reduction:
  • Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):
    Reduce air and water pollution, Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Co-benefits (Social):
    Build social cohesion, Improve human health