APTA, WSP USA, JHU Release COVID-19 Guide

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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APTA (American Public Transportation Association), WSP USA, Inc. and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHU) have collaborated on a 23-page guide, “The COVID-19 Pandemic Public Transportation Responds: Safeguarding Riders and Employees.”

“The Guide is written to provide senior public transit operations leaders with strategies and tactical solutions that can help protect riders and agency employees from COVID-19, as well as help with future pandemic preparedness,” APTA said. “Gratitude to WSP USA, Inc., which led the technical development of this guide, and to JHU, which helped the authors identify relevant and credible sources for public health and medical information related to COVID-19 and also provided responses to APTA’s transit-specific questions regarding the virus.”

APTA provided a word of caution for those using the Guide, which is downloadable from the link below: “Before implementing any of the suggestions contained in the Guide, public transit agencies should assess whether any changes can be scaled to the size and mode of the agency so as not to add unacceptable risk. Agencies are also encouraged to consult their local health officials in this process. APTA may revise this guide to stay consistent with emerging medical and public health information about COVID-19.”


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