On a daily basis we are all reminded that we are living in unprecedented times. The world is not the same as it was 9 months ago and as the days go by there is still the looming uncertainty of when (and if) things will ever return to the way they used to be.
Most everything we do in life has become different. School is different. Shopping is different. Work is different. Holiday gatherings are different. Healthcare is different. Transit is different.
While transit has changed, it still remains a critical component of our world. Millions of people rely on public transit to get to work, provide for their families, and to provide essential services that many of us count on. It is incredibly important that we all work together to keep public transit safe and available to those who so desperately need it.
As discussed during our annual meeting, the Association of Travel Instruction has begun putting together a list of resources regarding COVID-19, public transit, and travel training. Below is a start, and I encourage all of you to share any resources you may have in the spirit of “we are all in this together”.
CDC Guidance for Transit Workers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/transit-station-employees.html
FTA Recommended Actions to Reduce Risk of COVID-19 among Transit Employees and Passengers: https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-programs/safety/fta-safety-advisory-20-01-recommended-actions-reduce-risk
CDC – Protect Yourself When Using Transportation (Public Transit, Ride Shares, Taxis, MicroMobility Devices): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/using-transportation.html
APTA COVID-19 Resource Hub: https://www.apta.com/covid-19-resource-hub/guidance-and-best-practices-for-covid-19/
CDC – Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
WSP – Global Practices for Protecting Employee and Customer Health During the Pandemic: https://new.mta.info/document/17981
CDC – Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers who may have been exposed to COVID:
USDOT – Making Public Transit Safer During COVID Outbreak: https://www.transportation.gov/connections/making-public-transit-safer-during-covid-19-outbreak