Best Practices

CTAA COVID-19 Recommendations

CTAA has developed the following set of COVID-19 safety protocols for our members by collecting — in a single place — all of the guidance from a variety of federal agencies. Where no (or limited) actual guidance is available, we’ve collected the best practical advice from public and community transport operators in the field. As it has been since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, CTAA’s overriding recommendation to its members is to err on the side of safety (of both transit staff and the riding public) in all decision making.

In this document, you’ll find recommendations on:

  • masks (for passengers and drivers)
  • driver compartment barriers
  • at-risk drivers
  • vehicle/transit facility cleaning and disinfecting
  • essential trips
  • fare collection
  • wheelchair securement
  • transporting a COVID-19 positive patient.

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Best Practices for Keeping you Transit Employees Safe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new guidelines for transit operators and workers. The resources include documentation on:
The descriptions, although coming from a worker perspective, have information on which transit vehicle surfaces should be cleaned and what sort of cleaning chemical should be used.

Best Practices for Cleaning Buses during Covid-19

Over the last few weeks we’ve collected some links to resources regarding cleaning buses that we are sharing here.
If you have any specific questions that aren’t answered please give Ann a call on her cell at 303-909-4377 and she can help you access additional national resources for advice.
Safety Protocol Infographic from Davy Coach to give you an idea how they are managing inbound and outbound vehicles at their facilities:
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CTAA’s fact sheet on cleaning vehicles and facilities:
https://ctaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Cleaning_Vehicle.pdf
APTA has a FAQ webpage based on questions submitted to their help line. Questions run the gamut but it includes a section of questions on cleaning.
https://www.apta.com/public-transit-response-to-coronavirus/answers-based-on-apta-members-coronavirus-questions/
TRB Webinar recording from March 23, 2020 on Transportation & COVID-19-Practices from other disease outbreaks:
http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/180404.aspx
The basics from the CDC on how to protect yourself and others:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fprevention.html
EPA list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (a coronavirus that causes COVID-19)
CDC Interim guidance for business and employers to respond to COVID-19

USDOT Issues Safety Advisory to Reduce Risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Among Transit Employees & Passengers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today issued a Safety Advisory with recommended actions to reduce the risk of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among transit employees and passengers. Transit agencies should follow the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for protecting their workforce, which include face coverings, social distancing, frequent hand washing, facility and vehicle cleaning, and other measures to the maximum extent practicable.  

The Safety Advisory recommends that transit agencies develop and implement procedures and practices consistent with all applicable guidance and information provided by the CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure the continued safety of transit passengers and employees during this national emergency.

Federal funding is available to help the nation’s public transportation systems respond to COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020.  FTA has made available $25 billion to recipients of urbanized area and rural area formula funds across the country, with $22.7 billion to large and small urban areas and $2.2 billion to rural areas. The CARES Act funding can be used to cover 100 percent of the costs associated with implementing this advisory with no local match required.  In addition, transit agencies can use the funding to pay the salaries for employees on administrative leave due to service reductions caused by COVID-19 and employees that are quarantined. Funding may also be available through FTA’s formula grant programs as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Links:
News Release
Safety Advisory
Frequently Asked Questions
FTA Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) landing page
FTA CARES Act landing page

FTA Posts New Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to provide guidance to the public transportation industry in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Today, FTA posted a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding COVID-19 on its website that cover Civil Rights, Program Oversight reviews,  the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and Emergency Relief program eligibility and funding questions.

FTA’s website also includes links to Safety Advisory 20-01: Recommended Actions to Reduce the Risk of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Among Transit Employees and Passengers.

Links:
FTA COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
FTA Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) landing page

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