Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

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Dear Rural and Tribal Transit Community,

We provide continuing support for the ongoing stress of the pandemic, safety demands, and economic ramifications of COVID-19 for rural and Tribal transit programs.  

We hope that we will soon have new opportunities to rebuild our programs and reimagine transportation paradigms. As always, please contact us if there is anything we can do to assist you.

Take care and stay safe, 
Robin Phillips

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Executive Director

FTA COVID-19 Resources

FTA Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) web page - includes information about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and FTA resources, press releases, blogs, announcements, and links to other federal resources


National RTAP Resources

Technical Brief - covers what is known about COVID-19 at this time and the basics of planning, prevention and treatment. This brief is updated regularly. Updated on January 5, 2021 with a summary of the relief provisions in the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, new FTA FAQs and additional flexibility, and new data on vaccinations provided.

Best Practices Spotlight Article - provides best practices and guidance on safety, communications, funding, and more from the perspectives of state, rural and tribal transit managers, and clinical experts. Published on June 5, 2020.

Topic Guide - selected links to FTA, National RTAP, and other national, regional and local COVID-19 resources and planning documents. Updated on December 7, 2020 with Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's (CDC) Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work and American Association of Retired Persons' (AARP) List of Coronavirus-Related Restrictions in Every State.

Response Practices in Transit - links to practices of rural, tribal, and urban transit agencies, as the practices can be adopted by all types of transit agencies.  Updated January 4, 2021 with practices on real-time crowding apps, free transit agency testing for riders, an app for passengers to report COVID-19 safety concerns, a transit agency and university partnership for COVID research, and assistance to passengers who cannot wear a face mask in finding transportation alternatives.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - answers to questions to our Resource Center and at our Peer Roundtables and Panel Discussions. Updated on December 3, 2020 with practices of rural transit managers on transporting COVID-19 positive passengers.

ADA Toolkit Section on COVID-19 - the New Developments section of the ADA Toolkit lists recent developments related to COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Published on October 27, 2020.

Transit Manager's Toolkit Sections on COVID-19 - New sections are Leading during a Crisis and Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Published November 11, 2020. 

COVID-19 Safety Guidance for Frontline Transit Employees - This training was sponsored by NJ Transit, in collaboration with the NJ Council on Special Transportation, and was recorded on September 11, 2020 by Michael Noel of Noel Training & Consulting LLC. It is available through National RTAP eLearning.

Plexiglass Shield Examples - Photos of barriers implemented by rural transit agencies to enable social distancing and safety. Published April 27, 2020.

Peer Assistance - upcoming technical assistance events and summaries of previous COVID-19 Peer Roundtables and Panel Discussions for State RTAP Managers, Transit Managers, and Tribal Transit Managers


Upcoming Events

National RTAP lists COVID-19 focused events in our Calendar of Events and eNews.  Events that have been cancelled or postponed are also listed in eNews.

Updated January 5, 2021