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Federal Mask Requirement Lifted for Public Transportation, Posted on 4/19/22
As a result of a court order, effective immediately and as of April 18, 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. Therefore, CDC will not enforce the Order. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.
At CDC’s recommendation, TSA will extend the security directive for mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs for one month, through April 18th., Posted on 3/10/22
The Texas Transit Association (TTA) is excited to announce the dates for our 2023 State Annual Conference, Expo, and Roadeo! April 11-15, 2023.
COVID, hospitalizations continue to decline in Texas; posted on 3/1/22
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces the Availability of $2.2 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding to Help Transit Agencies with Additional Service Needs, Posted on 9/7/21
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $2.2 billion in competitive grant funding for transit systems demonstrating additional pandemic-associated needs. Funding is provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Gov. Greg Abbott calls special legislative session for redistricting, other conservative priorities starting Sept. 20, Posted on 9/7/21
Texas’ four largest counties now require masks in schools as battle over mandates grows, Posted on 8/13/21
Harris County became the latest county Thursday afternoon to require mask-wearing in schools in defiance of Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order forbidding cities, counties, and school districts from enacting their own mask mandates. Hours later, the Houston school board voted unanimously to issue a mask mandate.
Americans Riding Public Transportation in Greater Numbers, Posted on 7/23/21
“That’s why FTA is facilitating a national conversation about ways transit agencies are attracting riders and growing new ridership,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez.
U.S. Department of Transportation Thanks Transit Agencies for Helping Americans Access COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Nationwide and Encourages More to Step up as Part of National Month of Action, Posted on 6/9/21
More than 350 transit systems are providing free transportation to vaccination sites or using their transit stations and facilities as vaccination sites, and some have even converted buses and other transit vehicles into mobile clinics – many using funding from the American Rescue Plan.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccines and other preventive measures like social distancing and mask-wearing should protect people from variants.
Texas recommends resuming Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots after CDC panel says benefits outweigh risks, Posted on 4/23/21
The vaccines might not be immediately available, as Texas health officials are asking providers to wait until they have updated government fact sheets about the clot risk to share with people they are vaccinating. They have been given no clear timetable, but federal officials said Friday that they were prepared to move quickly on the recommendations in order to start getting shots back into arms as soon as possible.
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces More Than $10 Million Funding Opportunity for Transit Planning to Address Climate Change and Equity in Communities Nationwide, Posted on 4/21/21
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the availability of approximately $10 million in competitive grant funds through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning. The funds will support comprehensive planning efforts that help connect communities, improve access to public transportation and affordable housing, and support President Biden’s call to combat climate change, advance environmental justice, and promote equitable delivery of benefits to underserved communities.
1 in 5 Texans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Posted on 4/19/21
As of April 17, 15.9 million doses have been administered — 10 million people have received at least one dose and 6.4 million people, or 22.1% of Texas’ population, are fully vaccinated. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one dose. The state is counting people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as fully vaccinated. They are also included with the people who have received at least one dose.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces $30.5 Billion to Help the Nation’s Public Transportation Systems Respond to COVID-19, Posted on 3/29/21
FTA will host a webinar about the American Rescue Plan Act funding on Friday, April 2, at 2 p.m. to provide additional guidance to transit stakeholders. More information about the webinar and additional resources are available here.
There are far more Texans eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine than doses available. Here’s what you need to know about getting one, Posted on 3/29/21
Everyone age 16 and older, regardless of occupation or health status, will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas starting March 29. But the vaccine is still in short supply.
The percent of Texans vaccinated against COVID-19 now exceeds the percent who have tested positive for the virus, Posted on 3/17/21
As of March 16, 8.5 million doses have been administered, with 5.7 million people receiving one dose and 2.9 million people, or 10.2% of Texas’ population, fully vaccinated.
The move to expand eligibility to a new category of Texans — labeled 1C — means that vaccine availability is ramping up across the state. However, appointments may continue to be hard to find, as the number of eligible recipients outnumbers the vaccine supply.
Today Gov. Greg Abbott rescinded the statewide mask mandate and capacity limits on businesses which will go into effect on March 10., Posted on 3/2/21
However, please remember that the federal executive order that is currently in place still mandates that passengers and employees wear face coverings on planes, trains, buses, subways, and other modes of public transportation.
Texas’ COVID-19 vaccinations begin to rebound after plunging during last week’s winter storm, Posted on 2/24/21
Texas expects to see about 1.5 million doses arrive this week, including last week’s undelivered doses, and the opening of three new federally supported vaccination hubs.
Hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine deliveries, injections delayed by winter storm, Posted on 2/16/21
2 million Texas households without power as massive winter storm drives demand for electricity, Posted on 2/15
Texas has administered most of its 1.7 million vaccine doses as it prepares to receive 333,000 more, Posted on 1/19/21
One month after the first shipments of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the state, Texas has become the first in the nation to administer 1 million doses, Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday. The milestone comes as intensive care beds are dwindling across the state and as experts predict daily coronavirus cases and hospitalizations will worsen following an influx of holiday season gatherings.
More than 8 million Texans qualify to receive COVID-19 vaccines, but fewer than 2 million doses have shipped. Providers are facing clogged phone lines, crashing websites and tough decisions about who will get the first shots.
Vaccinations are underway for Texas’ front-line health care workers, Posted on 12/14/20
Four Texas sites received a total of 19,500 doses of the vaccine on Monday, the first phase of a rollout that will put a quarter-million doses into 109 Texas facilities this week — with more on the way next week.
Nurse gets the first dose of COVID vaccine in NY, Posted on 12/14/20
A nurse in New York City was among the first people to receive the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Monday morning.
“I feel hopeful today,” said Sandra Lindsay, the critical care nurse at New York’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo watched via livestream.