Passenger Transport April 2020 Vol 78 No 8 - 1


FTA Issues Coronavirus Safety
Advisory for Public Transit
Employees, Passengers
actions to reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus
among public transit employees and passengers-emphasizing the need to follow Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) recommendations, which include
face coverings, social distancing, frequent hand washing
and facility and vehicle cleaning.
"FTA is advising transit agencies to take action to reduce
the likelihood that transit employees and members of the
public contract or spread the virus that causes COVID-19,
consistent with CDC and OSHA guidance," said FTA Acting
Administrator K. Jane Williams.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security


MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020

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Public Transit Agencies
Find Unique Solutions to
Coronavirus Challenges
country are working hard to support frontline
workers as they respond to coronavirus. Some
agencies are offering free service to healthcare
professionals, while others are expanding service
on routes frequently used by healthcare staff.
But public transit employees are also serving on
the front lines, requiring supplies such as face
masks and hand sanitizer that have been hard to
come by. Transit employees, agencies and local
distilleries and breweries have stepped up to
help provide homemade supplies, and new technologies are being used to disinfect buses and
manage services.

Serving Essential Workers

APTA, WSP, Health Experts
Partner on COVID-19 Guidelines
For Public Transit Leaders
with WSP USA, Inc. and the
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health, has
created guidelines for senior
public transit and rail operations leaders responding to
"The COVID-19 -Pandemic:
Public Transportation
Responds: Safeguarding
-Riders and Employees"
-provides vital answers to
many questions regarding
COVID-19 and will help
leaders continue to deliver
essential services safely.
It is based on input from
public health, medical and
public transit experts, as well
as best practices shared by
agencies nationally. COVID-19
presents a new risk environment for public transit and rail
agencies. Safety Management
System (SMS) implementation
requires: 1) Evaluating hazards
and system changes for risk;
2) Keeping up with the pandemic's impacts on the public
transit and rail environment;
and 3) Making changes that
may bring risk tradeoffs.
The guide includes sugges-

tions for reducing the risks
related to COVID-19 to both
passengers and employees.
Before implementing any of
these suggestions, agencies
should assess whether such
a change can be scaled to its
size and mode in a manner
that does not add unacceptable risk. Agencies are also
encouraged to consult their
local health officials in this
process. The guide may be


The Capital District Transportation Authority
(CDTA), Albany, NY, is working on a modified
weekday schedule and has increased frequency
and hours of operation on critical routes that service hospitals, medical facilities, grocery stores,
pharmacies and other essential businesses.
"This is one of the most challenging and
extraordinary times of our lives." said Carm
Basile, CDTA CEO. "It's also a time when the
Capital Region needs CDTA more than ever. We
are focused on responding to the coronavirus,
keeping our workforce safe and connecting people who must travel. I am so proud of the work
CDTA is doing in the Capital Region to connect
people to the essential services they need."
The Sacramento (CA) Regional Transit District
(SacRT) is adding additional bus service to busier routes to provide transportation for essential
workers while promoting social distancing. Since
reducing service March 23, SacRT has been
closely monitoring ridership, and has added
more frequency and earlier start times to five
highly used bus routes starting April 13. Most
routes now have earlier start times and increased
frequency of 15 to 30 minutes during peak
-commute hours.
Starting April 6, the Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority (JTA) began offering
complimentary bus rides to local healthcare professionals. Any healthcare professional employed
at a hospital, doctor's office, medical facility or
medical laboratory can receive free bus rides
with a valid photo I.D. from their employer.
"Like our JTA bus operators, police and first
responders, these medical professionals are part
of the front lines as our community responds
to COVID-19," said JTA CEO and former APTA
Chair Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. "We know these local
heroes don't have a choice to stay home, and
this is one way for us to say, 'thank you,' while

American Seating is working to produce approximately
2,000 masks per week for Spectrum Health in Michigan.

continuing to provide our vital transportation
Moovit is offering new technology to help
systems turn their existing fleet into an emergency on-demand service. Moovit's Emergency
Mobilization On-Demand app helps public transit
agencies serve essential workers by providing
the ability to adjust service to comply with emergency regulations, such as limiting the number of
passengers on a single vehicle.

New Disinfectant Product
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
(RTA) is taking additional measures to protect
customers and employees from the spread
of the coronavirus by introducing ultraviolet
technology (UV-C) to its arsenal of disinfectant
RTA will use the Moonbeam3 from Daylight
Medical of Middleburg Heights to clean high
traffic areas, K-9 vehicles and rooms with highly
sensitive electronic equipment. The Moonbeam3
will also be used in an incident that requires a
bus or train to be removed from service and
disinfected immediately. RTA cleaning crews will
also be able to use it to enhance their cleaning
procedures at bus districts, rail stations and in
office spaces.
"This unit is lightweight and mobile, so our
staff can easily transport it to any site. It is safe
and plugs into a standard wall outlet. The UV-C
rays can disinfect a bus in less than an hour,"
said Floun'say Caver, RTA's chief operating


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