NYPTA Covid-19 Recovery and Restoration Task Force Report
The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted countries around the world and communities throughout our state and nation. Identification of the virus in New York State in early March, and the resulting stay at home orders and business closings, had an immediate and significant impact on New York’s transit systems.
In late April NYPTA created a task force to quickly develop principles, guidelines and best practices to help guide the recovery and restoration of transit service as the economy reopens. The task force was composed of representatives from various sizes and types of transit systems across New York State. Three groups were created to identify the issues and assemble the actions:
- Service planning
- Transit operations
- Small city and rural transit
The result of the task force was a report that presents the near-term principles and guidelines identified by these experts that can inform and assist transit managers and staff over the next several months on topics ranging from planning service levels to restarting fare collection to cleaning and disinfecting vehicles.
The Importance of Professional Associations During the Covid-19 Pandemic
NYPTA has served as a resource for our transit systems during Covid-19. It has allowed our members to share best practices, a necessity during this unprecedented crisis. It has also allowed transit systems to brainstorm and collectively look ahead to what transit could look like post-Covid-19. Please read on for the actions NYPTA has taken in response to Covid-19. You will get a snapshot of the ways NYPTA supports its members during a crisis and what it is developing for a safe and sustainable future for transit systems, and the community who rely on them.
Department of Health Covid-19 Reopening Resources for Transit
Reopening New York Public Transportation Guidelines
These guidelines apply to all public transportation activities statewide. See “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Public Transportation” for full details.
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all owners/operators of public transportation services and riders should stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to public transportation entities and incorporate those changes into their operations. This guidance is not intended to replace any existing applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and standards.
Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Public Transportation
This Interim Guidance for Public Transportation Activities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency was created to provide owners/operators of public transportation and their employees, contractors, and Riders with precautions to help protect against the spread of COVID-19.