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APTA to Host Business Survey: APTA Business
Member Virtual Fly-In Members' Operations
Disrupted by COVID-19
APTA IS HOSTING A DAY OF v- irtual
congressional advocacy, May 19, for
APTA Business Members to c
with congressional offices from the
safety and comfort of their homes to
help the association advocate both for
COVID-19 emergency response and
recovery support and APTA's S
Transportation Authorization Recom-
mendations. This year's event is also
open to Transit Board Members.
Register at www.apta.com/advocacylegislation-policy/annual-businessmember-fly-in.
APTA is partnering with Advocacy
Associates to offer Business Members
assistance in scheduling conference
calls with congressional representatives. APTA and Advocacy Associates
will host a one-hour webinar, May 13
at 3 p.m. Eastern, to provide advice on
developing a winning message and best
strategies for delivering messages in a
teleconference environment, and details
about the event's app. An invitation will
be sent to registered participants.
For questions, contact Nicole C
senior legislative representative,
government affairs and advocacy, at
-email@example.com or 202-496-4811;
or Jose Reyes, senior program
-manager-business members, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-496-4848.
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jobs for the bus drivers, train operators,
mechanics, dispatchers, cleaners and
others who are making it possible
for other essential workers to get to
and from their jobs all around the Bay
Area; and will help our transit agencies
recover their footing when this public
health emergency finally is behind us,"
said MTC Chair and Alameda County
Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who also
serves as a director of the Livermore
Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA)
and of the San Joaquin Regional Rail
Commission, which operates the
Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) rail
MTC is expected to take action
later this year to distribute the region's
remaining CARES Act funding once
public transit agencies have had time to
assess the full scope of revenue losses
caused by the emergency and have
developed new demand forecasts and
The Rapid in Grand Rapids, MI, is eligible for just over $28 million in CARES
Act funding. According to Bill Kirk, the
agency's business affairs specialist, The
Rapid's CARES Act grant submission
received concurrence from the FTA
and is now awaiting approval from the
Department of Labor. The total grant
request is for $28,359,064, of which
$23,909,064 has been allocated for
operating expenses. The remainder of
the funding is allocated for various capital improvements (including $2,875,000
for buses), which will continue to help
the agency's preparedness and resiliency plans during the crisis.
Relief from the CARES Act has
allowed The Rapid to maintain critical
service and workforce levels, while postponing layoffs; more than 200 employees avoided layoff because of the relief
funding. By ensuring that lost revenues
can be recovered, at least in the nearterm, the agency has been fortunate to
be able to protect the employment and
benefits of all its team members, at least
through the end of May.
"The CARES Act is providing critical
funding that allows The Rapid to continue to provide essential transportation
service for the Grand Rapids metro
area," said CEO Andrew Johnson. "We
are grateful to USDOT and FTA for helping us remain fully funded and capable
of providing connections to essential
employment and services."
Obtaining PPE remains a challenge
for many public transit systems. With
the abundance of online directions for
making homemade hand sanitizer and
masks, the Salem Area Mass Transit District (Cherriots) thought, "why
not make your own face shield?" The
agency is doing so and is distributing
the shields as quickly as one of its
employees can create them using a 3D
"As we were trying to address some
of the safety concerns, the need for
PPE was apparent," said Michiel
-Spence-Majors, safety and loss control
specialist for Cherriots. "The decision
was made to employ the use of face
shields as PPE, but we could not
source them from one of our normal
Spence-Majors said he turned to
the internet and discovered an online
community of 3D printer users who
were creating items to help out with the
pandemic. "The clear face shields are
actually clear overhead projector transparencies that I found in the workroom
collecting dust," he said. "I cut those
with a paper cutter and then used a
three-hole punch to attach to the 3D
Cherriots had purchased the 3D printer
a couple of years ago with employer
at injury program (EAIP) funds through
SAIF Corporation to provide work for an
employee on modified duty status. "We
dabbled around a little with it and used
it to make a couple things here and
there but never used it to its full potential," said Spence-Majors. "Until now."
Cubic Corporation is doing its part to
increase the safety of its employees and
frontline workers by leveraging the technical expertise of its innovative teams
around the globe. In response to the
shortage of PPE, Cubic's manufacturing
facility in Tijuana, Mexico, modified its
sewing capabilities to produce generalpurpose face coverings. The facility can
produce 4,000 to 6,000 face coverings
EIGHTY-SEVEN PERCENT OF APTA
business members and 94 percent
of large businesses report that their
operations have been disrupted by
COVID-19, and 53 percent said activity
has decreased over the past month,
according to an APTA survey conducted in late March and early April. In
addition, 43 percent of businesses and
52 percent of large businesses reported
supply chain disruptions.
A majority of businesses (89 percent)
are still operating. One business closed
permanently due to the pandemic.
Most businesses said they have
implemented additional telework options.
Small firms were less likely to have done
so, because they were already working
remotely or are sole proprietors.
Three in five respondents said that the
pandemic had resulted in additional costs.
Several businesses have had to purchase
computer equipment such as monitors
or laptops, and even internet service to
enable employees to work from home.
Businesses also purchased more
personal protective equipment and
disinfectants to address the spread of
COVID-19. Others cited increased freight
costs and costs to store and reroute
product due to changes in demand.
Four in 10 respondents (43 percent)
said they have had supply chain issues
in the last month, but among large businesses the rate was higher-more than
one-half (52 percent).
Respondents were asked whether they
expected to take a number of actions
over the coming year in response to
COVID-19. Six in 10 businesses (63 percent) said they planned to cut back on
hiring. Four in 10 (43 percent) said they
would defer investments in their company, and nearly four in 10 (37 percent)
said they expected to lay off employees
in the coming year. Nearly seven in
10 (69 percent) expect to either lay off
employees or cut back on hiring.
When asked about the impact of various factors on their businesses, respondents said the COVID-19 crisis, the
current economic strength or weakness,
and the uncertainty of federal authorization all had a negative effect.
Answers were mixed regarding which
factor was most important to business'
success. A plurality of respondents,
more than one-third, said federal transit
funding levels were the most important
View the survey results at https://
The Cubic team with UAH College of Nursing staff at the school's Learning and Technology Resource
Center, testing an emergency ventilator device on a human patient simulator called iStan.
a day and has already produced and
distributed masks to its employees
"I am always inspired by the ingenuity
of our employees and the extraordinary
solutions that our teams engineer," said
Bradley H. Feldmann, chairman, president and CEO of Cubic Corporation.
"Driven by our purpose-our teams
innovate to make a positive difference
in people's lives-and the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19
pandemic, several of our teams have
rapidly developed innovative and potentially life-saving solutions."
To support the local community,
Cubic has donated face coverings to
healthcare workers, Red Cross volunteers and law enforcement in Tijuana.
With the large need for face coverings
for customers in defense and transportation industries, the company has
already supplied thousands of face coverings to the U.S. Navy with more to be
delivered. The company is also looking
to expand its sewing capability to produce general-purpose gowns.
In Tullahoma, TN, the location of
Cubic's manufacturing facility for transit
fare gates, machines such as laser cutters have been repurposed to produce
up to 200 general-purpose face shield
kits per day.
As demand for ventilators continues
to increase, Cubic's team in Huntsville,
AL, is working on the development and
testing of a prototype ventilator in partnership with the University of Alabama
in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing.
With FDA approval, Cubic will be able
to produce 100 emergency ventilators
per week. Cubic's Huntsville operations
typically produces inflatable satellite terminals deployed by the U.S. military.
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