WASHINGTON (May 28, 2020) – “The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) commends the U.S. Department of Transportation, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams for distributing almost five million cloth facial coverings to public transportation and passenger rail workers around the country. APTA was pleased to work with the federal government and our industry partners to support the distribution of these facial coverings.
Public transportation and passenger rail workers are on the frontlines during this pandemic, continuing their tireless efforts to maintain operations, deliver essential services, and protect and serve the public. Public transit and passenger rail are a lifeline during this crisis, and will be absolutely critical to the economic recovery of our communities and our nation.
APTA will continue to coordinate with the DOT, the FTA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure guidance and other recommendations are tailored for public transit and passenger rail agencies to implement and ensure the safest environment for its workers and riders.”
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations which represent a $74 billion industry that directly employs 435,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.