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What steps do transit agencies take to reduce the spread of COVID-19?

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued Safety Advisory 20-01 on April 14, 2020 with recommended actions transit agencies can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 for public transportation employees and passengers. These actions, consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), include:

  • Creating and implementing policies and procedures to reduce the risk of employees and passengers contracting COVID-19.
  • Enforcing the use of personal protective equipment such as face masks for their employees, contractors, and passengers.
  • Observing routine cleaning and disinfection of common surfaces shared by employees and passengers.
  • Creating and implementing measures to ensure employees and passengers are separated at least six feet away from each in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through close contact.
  • Reinforcing healthy hygiene practices for employees and passengers, including appropriate cleaning measures for transit facilities and vehicles.

Additional information on what steps transit agencies can take or are taking to protect riders and employees has been documented by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), “The COVID-19 Pandemic, Public Transportation Responds: Safeguarding Riders and Employees.”

Source: Federal Transit Administration

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