AzTA is monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and we will continue to provide current information & resources to public transit organizations in Arizona.
Any information/recommendations on the AzTA Website are not legally binding in their own right. Conformity with information/recommendations is voluntary only. Information is intended only to provide clarity to AzTA members regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. If you have questions relating to COVID-19, please contact the CDC and your local public health agency directly.
APTA Health & Safety Commitments Program
The APTA Health & Safety Commitments Program is designed to help public transit agencies put in place their own, individualized policies and practices that transit users have told us they want and expect. The Program defines four core categories of responsibilities – for every transit agency and for their passengers – making this a true partnership for health and safety.
- Following public health guidelines from official sources
- Protecting each other by requiring face coverings and other protection
- Keeping passengers informed and empowered to choose the safest times and routes to ride
- Putting health first by requiring riders and employees to avoid public transit if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or feel ill
Public Transit and COVID-19 Pandemic: Global Research and Best Practices
Transit Tuesday Series: Maintaining Employee Wellness During A Crisis
Working during a pandemic has increased work duties and created an environment of uncertainty, adding stress to transit employees that can jeopardize employee’s health. This webinar will focus on Employee Wellness programs, activities and exercises that can help employees lower stress, engage in self-care and wellness during this unprecedented epidemic.
The panelists for this webinar are:
- Sandra Smith-McDonald, AC Transit, Oakland, CA
- Sandra Gonzalez, Pace Suburban Bus, Chicago, IL
- Forrestine Coombs, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
- Stacy Kesten, Ensight Partners
COVID-19 Recovery Vendor List for Public Transportation
Transit Tuesday Series: Innovating During a Time of Crisis
Across the country, transit agencies of all sizes are thinking outside the box to continue meeting the needs of their communities in the face of a global pandemic. From integrating new technologies to reimagining service models, this webinar will showcase how four of your peer agencies are reshaping mobility and evolving to continue providing essential public transportation services. Join our next Transit Tuesday Webinar to gain insight and tools that can help your agency navigate this period of disruption.
The Panelists for this webinar are:
- Michael Feldman, Director of U2C, Jacksonville Transportation Authority (FL)
- Chris Campbell, Transit Director, Kingsport Area Transit Service (TN)
- Alan Budde, Transit Manager, Napa Valley Transportation Authority (CA)
- Rebecca Schenck, Principal Planner, Napa Valley Transportation Authority (CA)
- Steve Blaska, Chief Operations Officer, Spokane Transit Authority (WA)
- Justin D. Leighton, Executive Director, Washington State Transit Association
Transit Tuesday Series: Restoring Transit Riders’ Confidence
Transit has proven itself to be an essential service throughout the pandemic, although the CDC initially discouraged transit use in response to COVID. Understanding how to restore during an unexpected crisis is an essential skill. This session will provide ways to manage the internal and external communication environment, provide data analytics from a brand new national public opinion project, and show-n-tell examples from agencies to restore community confidence while capitalizing on unexpected support.
The panelists for the webinar are:
- Morgan Lyons – Lyons Strategic (former Vice President, External Affairs, Dallas Area Rapid Transit [DART])
- Scott Wilkinson – CEO, AlphaVu
- Jim Wright – Partner, Pulsar Advertising
Transit Tuesday Series: Leading a Reinvention After Disruption
The recent pandemic disruption has challenged how we prioritize our goals and resulted in us working differently. This disruption caused a pivot in everyday work processes and procedures for businesses across the globe. As we embrace a “new normal”, it is a good time to take stock of what we learned and how this can make us better going forward.
This session will discuss how you can reinvent parts of your organization applying what we have learned through the pandemic disruption to improve business efficiencies and employee engagement.
The panelist for the webinar is:
Mindy Price, Chief PACE Setter, Direct Effect Solutions, Inc.
Case Study: Public Transit During COVID-19 and the Road to Recovery
Best Practices Spotlight Article: Coronavirus Disease 2019
Transit Tuesday Series: Planning for a Pandemic and Preparing for Recovery
During this webinar, learn how to set your agency up for success as you hear about best practices in developing a pandemic response plan, how to begin preparing for recovery and what should be included in an after-action plan.
The panelists for the webinar are:
- Robert Codie, LeeTran - FL
- Rufus Francis, Santa Cruz Metro - CA
- Polly Hanson, APTA
- Kathleen Bracke, Boulder County – CO
Cleaning and Disinfecting Transit Vehicles and Facilities During a Contagious Virus Pandemic
The ADA and Face Mask Policies
Transit Tuesday Series: Human Resources Best Practices in a COVID-19 World
Learn about Human Resources best practices during the Covid-19 pandemic. Panelists from transit agencies from across the country will discuss pressing topics including administrative leave, return-to-work, communicating with staff, hazard pay, COVID-19 positive employees, and more. This webinar will illustrate how agencies can reduce risk, alleviate employee stress and minimize dissatisfaction during the Pandemic.
- Lawrence Bond, Roaring Forks Transportation Authority, CO
- Kelly Halcon, Monterey Salinas Transit, CA
- Karen McGeady, Peilvan Transit, OK
- Jamie Leonard, Rabbit Transit, PA
- Cesar Portillo, Community Transit, WA
- Jennifer Hirsch, Rock Island County MetroLINK, IL