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.
Best Practices for Keeping you Transit Employees Safe
- What Bus Transit Operators Need to know about COVID-19
- What Rail Transit Operators Need to know about COVID-19
- What Transit Maintenance Workers Need to Know about COVID-19
- What Transit Station Workers Need to Know about COVID-19
Best Practices for Cleaning Buses during 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.
FTA Posts New Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19
FTA’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resource Tool for Public Transportation provides a one-stop-shop for Federal COVID-19 guidance and recommendations, including information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The tool covers topics related to the public transportation industry such as sanitizing transit facilities and vehicles, personal protective equipment, physical distancing, and more. FTA updates the tool weekly to include newly issued guidance and provides a summary tab highlighting the updates.