The identified mitigations are based on US and international health agency guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The application of the mitigations is informed by US and international transit industry guidance including guidance from the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA 2020a; APTA 2020b; APTA 2020c), the CDPH (CDPH 2020a), a survey of 21 Bay Area public transportation providers regarding current COVID-19 health and safety practices and coordination with Bay Area public health representatives. See Section 7 for reference documents.
This is a living plan and is based on current, known COVID-19 transmittal factors and disrupters of those transmittal factors (mitigations), and the current COVID-19 situation and public health response in the Bay Area and California. This plan may change and adapt as research around the COVID-19 disease evolves, as performance against this plan is achieved and/or as the COVID-19 situation in California changes. This plan currently anticipates that with continued California-mandated face covering requirements, physical distancing recommendations may change over time to allow for increased vehicle capacity to serve more Bay Area customers, while still complying with epidemiological research and transit best practice. Using the current guidelines and mitigations in this plan confirms that Bay Area public transportation providers are the need to move toward increased capacity service.
This plan’s approach is consistent with a Safety Management System approach that evaluates and balances risk recognizing society’s need for and value of public transportation. The Federal Transit Administration requires, as part of the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan final rule, the evaluation of safety risks and the application of mitigations to reduce risks as part of a transportation provider’s Agency Safety Plan. This regional COVID-19 plan is consistent with managing risks associated with this pandemic to gradually move to resume capacity and service.