Transit agencies vow to pursue industrywide COVID response strategy

Dive Brief:
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) unveiled on Wednesday a national Health and Safety Commitments Program to streamline the industry’s COVID-19 response efforts and set a cohesive strategy for boosting transit ridership amid recovery.

The program centers on four key goals: following public health guidelines; requiring riders and employees to avoid public transit if they may be ill with COVID-19; cleaning and disinfecting transit vehicles/stops and enforcing face mask compliance; and keeping passengers informed with transit updates.

As of its launch, more than 100 public transit agencies have signed on to the program. Agencies that pledge to meet these goals are to display a “seal” on their transit vehicles and stations to indicate their commitment to health and safety to riders.