Public transportation, like other businesses, has had to weigh risks of providing equitable transportation service against health and safety risks. The Federal Transportation Administration has required public transportation providers to identify, evaluate and manage risks for the best outcome to the public and to those who provide the services. The societal benefits of providing affordable transportation exceed any risks presented by public transportation. This plan seeks to minimize further risks related to COVID-19.
As with other safety hazards, the most effective measures are layered for maximum results. Layering good hand hygiene, face coverings, ventilation, physical distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, limited time exposure, as well as, passenger personal accountability provide for a safer environment than only one or two of the mitigation measures alone. The Bay Area transportation providers are committing to layering safety measures along with passenger personal accountability to keep public transportation available for essential workers who are keeping the Bay Area in business and others as the region emerges from the current conditions.