Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

FPTA is monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus. We will provide information resources to our public transportation agencies in Florida.

Last updated May 22, 2020, 0900
NOTE: Excel spreadsheet format providing “at-a-glance” data regarding the number of agencies engaging in specific mitigation measures. This spreadsheet is subject to change at any time and may not reflect the most up-to-date information.

April 14, 2020 | “To all public transportation workers, thank you”

CDC Website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Updates from WHO

World Health Organization

APTA's Public Transit Response to Coronavirus or COVID-19

(NEW!) APTA Policy Brief: Public Transit Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 22)

APTA Provides New Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance During a Contagious Virus Pandemic (June 24)

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APTA, together with WSP USA, Inc. and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHU), has developed the linked guide — APTA COVID-19 Guide: Safeguarding Riders and Employees. (April 14)

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.

Important Links

(NEW!) Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community. Including Do’s and Don’ts (pdf).

COVID-19 – EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TIPS AND PRACTICES FOR BUS TRANSIT SYSTEMS
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, FDOT and CUTR recognize the need to provide transit agencies with guidance to help them effectively respond to this crisis. This document is a compilation of tips, strategies, and practices that other public transit across the country have implemented to help reduce the risk of being infected and/or spreading the COVID-19 virus.

Announcing Florida COVID-19 GIS Hub
Relevant maps, downloadable spatial data, resources and tools, and an archive of daily spatial datasets and information. We also provide resource links to other GIS dashboards and online tools that empower researchers and the general public to engage with community needs and happenings.

Transit System Stories & Best Practices
Examples of transit agency safety alerts and documents from around the country

Resource Links
APTA recommended outside sources of information

FTAresponse@dot.gov
FTA’s email for COVID-19 response

FLORIDA AGENCY RESPONSE
A complete list (pdf) of Florida agencies and their response to COVID-19

3-13-20 – U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Increased Flexibility to Help Transit Agencies Respond to Coronavirus
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that expanded eligibility of federal assistance is available under FTA’s Emergency Relief Program to help transit agencies respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in states where the Governor has declared an emergency. This includes allowing all transit providers, including those in large urban areas, to use federal formula funds for emergency-related capital and operating expenses, and raises the cap on the federal government’s share of those expenses.

NCHRP guide for Public Transportation Pandemic Planning and Response
There are many helpful checklists towards the end of the report that can provide a starting point for agencies to help you develop your response plans if you don’t already have them in place.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020.

Cases in the United States
This page is updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.

Florida-Specific Coronavirus Conference Calls

On April 9, 2020 a second conference call was held. The document linked here includes a Q&A summary. There is no recording for this call. Also provided here is a list of systems with suspended service as of 04/10/2020.

On March 17, 2020 a conference call was held between transit agencies and FDOT representatives. The pdf linked here includes a Q&A summary as well as a link to the recording of the call.

State of Florida Executive Order – from the Office of the Governor 

Special Webinars

From APTA – “Transit’s Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)” Webinar Recording Link
An off-the-record briefing for the public transportation industry, and slides and the video are not to be reproduced.

FACT SHEETS

General Fact Sheet

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What to do if you're sick

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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