CDC Guidelines for Reopening Mass Transit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released coronavirus guidance for when agencies should increase or open service.

CDC Reopening Mass Transit Guidelines

CDC Transit Cleaning Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a series of coronavirus guidance documents for transit agencies. The agency provided tailored resources for:

Bus Transit Operators
Rail Transit Operators
Transit Maintenance Workers
Transit Station Workers

Topics include how employers and employees can protect transportation staff from exposure, guidance for cleaning and proper use of disinfectants, and links to additional federal resources.

Federal Resource (FTA/FEMA)

APTA Resources and Updates:


CTAA Resources

Transit Planning Resources

Other Resources

Additional Resources:

State Contacts

National Contacts


MRSC - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Local Governments CLICK HERE

WSDOT Update: 3.16.2020

  • How does the Governor’s ban on gatherings of more than 50 people affect transit?

While we don’t know yet, we’ve asked for the Governor’s Office to clarify what the ban means for transit. We will share that response as soon as possible.

  • Is there extra flexibility in FTA federal funds to respond to COVID-19?

Yes. FTA has confirmed that there is now extra flexibility in their funds to respond to COVID-19.

We are looking at how FTA will implement this flexibility for their funding and what that means for you.

Because we don’t yet know which costs will be eligible for which federal programs, our guidance right now is to document all decisions and track all costs related to COVID-19 in a way that is easily separated from your regular decisions and costs.

  • What should we do if we need to do an emergency procurement to respond to COVID-19?

If you need to do an emergency procurement to respond to COVID-19, ensure that you have issued an emergency proclamation waiving the competitive bid process or used your established method to implement an emergency procurement process.

Again, make sure that you document emergency procurement decisions related to COVID-19. Also, remember that, while you can waive the competitive bid process, you cannot waive the contracting process.

Agency Responses & Resources

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