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Summary: A Guide for Public Transportation Pandemic Planning and Response (NCHRP Report 769)   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Public transportation agencies around the world are preparing for the potential impacts of the Coronavirus. [...] What follows is a summary of key points from NCHRP [National Cooperative Highway Research Program] Report 769: A Guide for Public Transportation Pandemic Planning and Response [hyperlink]. Challenges to keep in mind during a pandemic: [1] Pandemics are global and can last for months. [2] Stopping the spread of disease will require individuals to change their habits (e.g., washing hands more frequently, not gathering with others, etc.), which will likely be tough to enforce amongst the American public. [3] The healthcare system will be overloaded. [4] Dramatic worker absenteeism will have far-reaching impacts. [5] Coordination with other agencies, especially public health, will be required. [6] Public information will be essential and challenging. [7] Fear of exposure to infectious disease may significantly curtail ridership and/or increase rider anxiety (this will also affect employees). [8] Modification of normal operations for the transportation organization may be necessary to support community needs. [9] Legislative and administrative issues (e.g., occupational safety and health, Social Security benefits, and employment status) for employees may require special attention[.] Transportation providers have to consider several major tasks during a pandemic: 1) Preventing the spread of disease, 2) Providing services during a pandemic, 3) Managing workforce impacts, and 4) Crisis Communication[.]"

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2020-03
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American Public Transportation Association
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