The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a Safety Advisory with recommended actions for transit agencies to ensure the continued safety of transit passengers and employees during the COVID-19 national emergency.
The Safety Advisory includes numerous citations to the Centers for Disease Control’s guidance on COVID-19 generally as well as its specific guidance for Bus Operators, Rail Transit Operators, Transit Maintenance Workers, and Transit Station Workers.
The FTA’s recommendations are set forth in five actions that aim to reduce the likelihood that transit employees, contractors, and members of the public will contract or spread COVID-19. The recommendations are considered guidance and are not binding legal requirements.
The five recommended actions are:
The FTA noted that transit agencies may use the $25 Billion in funding allocated under the CARES Act for recipients of urbanized area and rural area formula funds to implement the recommendations above.
If you have questions about the FTA’s Safety Advisory or FTA Funding under the CARES Act, please contact Chuck Spitulnik, Allison Fultz, Byron Smith, or Suzanne Silverman.