The report provides a detailed look at actual practices and emerging technology that have been used by organizations to control the spread of COVID-19. It includes case studies related to screening and testing, physical distancing, indoor air quality, cleaning and disinfection, personal protective equipment, vulnerable populations, communication and pandemic management.
“This guide serves as a good basis for transit agencies to expand their resiliency toolkit against the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other future public health emergencies,” Gasparine said. “The report is 100 percent applicable to other transit systems and helps dispel some myths about certain technology, while identifying credible sources for other processes and technology.”
With many transit employees in constant contact with the public, creating the safest environment possible has been a challenge, and critical to the health and continuing operation of public transportation.
“The world, our nation and our local communities are all suffering tremendous impacts from this pandemic,” Gasparine said. “Thousands of transit employees across the country have fallen ill, and many have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Across the whole industry, transit employees work tirelessly to ensure regional mobility, enabling healthcare professionals and other essential workers to fight the spread of disease in our communities.”