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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(CDC) January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect.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.
COVID-19 variant cases are on the rise in Texas. Here’s what you need to know, Posted on 5/4/21
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.

Texans 50 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting March 15, Posted on 3/10/21

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

Texas becomes the first state to administer 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Posted on 1/15/21

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.

Texas health providers scramble to roll out vaccine with little state guidance, Posted on 1/8/21

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.

First COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in the US, expected to ship Sunday, Posted on 12/13/20

The U.S. FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in the United States and shipments are expected to begin Sunday. There are 145 locations around the country expected to receive the vaccine.
How CDC Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations, Posted on 12/12/20
What you need to know about how CDC is making COVID-19 vaccine recommendations in the United States.
COVID-19 vaccines may be coming soon, but most Texans won’t get them for months., Posted on 11/20/20
Officials are preparing for the massive undertaking of distributing a vaccine that may require multiple doses and subzero storage temperatures across a state that covers 270,000 square miles and some 170 rural counties.
DART President to Retire After Almost 20 Years of Leadership, Posted on 11/1/20
Gary C. Thomas, the president, and executive director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit informed the DART Board of Directors of his intention to retire from his position after almost 20 years of leadership.  “It has been my privilege and honor to be part of Dallas Area Rapid Transit for this moment in time,” Thomas said. “
Texas is on the cusp of another COVID-19 surge. Is the state better prepared to handle it? Posted on 10/20/20
Experts say Texas is more prepared to handle another wave. But they fear that if the state fails to control the outbreak, it could quickly spiral out of control.
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $277.5 Million in Emergency Relief Funding for Transit Systems Damaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Posted on 10/2/20
FTA plans to allocate the funds as follows: approximately $223.5 million for Puerto Rico, $23.3 million for Texas, $22.8 million for Florida, $6.7 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $187,000 for Georgia.
FTA Announces Final Report of the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) to Improve Access to Transportation, Posted on 10/1/20
Federal Transit Administration Announces $6.2 Million for Transit Planning in Communities Nationwide, Posted on 9/25/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule to Streamline Project Management Oversight for Major Capital Projects, Posted on 9/24/20
High-speed train between Dallas and Houston gets federal approval, Posted on 9/22/20
The railroad plans to connect Texas’ two biggest cities within 90 minutes. Construction could begin in the first half of next year.
Gov. Greg Abbott loosens coronavirus restrictions for restaurants and other businesses in most regions of Texas, Posted on 9/18/20
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $1 Billion to Upgrade American Infrastructure, Posted on 9/16/20
The state budget plan offers a glimpse at state agency cuts, Posted on 9/1/20

Executive Order No-GA-29-related to the use-of-face-coverings-during-COVID-19

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces New Guidance for Transit Joint Development Projects Posted on 8/14/2020
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $464 Million in Grant Awards Nationwide to Revitalize America’s Bus Infrastructure Posted on 8/11/20
Texas to allow limited visitation in nursing homes with no active coronavirus cases Posted on 8/6/20
While hospitalizations declined, more than 20% of coronavirus deaths were reported in the past week Posted on 8/5/20
Texas reports over 7,000 people have died from coronavirus Posted on 8/3/20
Here’s how the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded in Texas since March Posted on 7/31/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Availability of $225 Million for Transit Pilot Program Posted on 7/29/20
Federal Government to Distribute Nearly 100 Million Cloth Facial Coverings for Transportation Passengers Posted on 6/12/20
U.S. Department of Transportation to Distribute Over 15 Million Cloth Facial Coverings to America’s Transportation Workforce Posted on 5/28/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $1.25 Million in Funding Available for Real-Time Transit Infrastructure and Rolling Stock Condition Assessment Demonstration Program Posted on 5/28/20
U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Top 100,000 as South American Cases Surge Posted on 5/27/20
Gov. Greg Abbott says Amarillo has “turned a corner” after coronavirus flare-up Posted on 5/27/20

Child care centers, bars and sporting events scheduled for Texas’ next phase of reopening Posted on 5/18/20

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Safety Advisory to Reduce Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Among Transit Employees & Passengers Posted on 4/14/20

Bus Operators and Transit Authorities – COVID-19 Guidance by Ohio Dept. of Health Posted on 4/14/20

CDC Issues New Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Posted in 4/9/20

Coronavirus Reveals Transit’s True Mission Posted on 4/8/20
Fiscal Year 2020 CARES Act Supplemental Public Transportation Apportionments and Allocations Posted on 4/2/20
Senate passes stimulus bill that includes $25 billion in emergency funding for transit agencies Posted on 3/26/20
TxDOT: COVID-19 Response Information from Texas Transit Providers

2019 Interim Legislative Charges released by the Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on 4/23/20 that it will give transit agencies more time to meet the requirements of the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) regulation.

5 Long-term Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Transit Posted on 5/15/20
MTA to use UV light to clean transit system Posted on 5/12/20
4 questions transit agencies need to ask themselves in the wake of COVID-19 Posted on 5/12/20
Heroes moving heroes’: Public transit workers pay heavy price on coronavirus frontline Posted on 4/13/20
Ridership drops 66% CapMetro says in most recent update Posted 4/11/20
Coronavirus Reveals Transit’s True Mission Posted on 4/8/20
Federal relief package includes $104 million for public transit in Austin Posted on 4/3/20
Commuters Take Steps to Stay Healthy While Riding Public Transit Posted on 4/3/20
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $25 Billion to Help Nation’s Public Transportation Systems Respond to COVID-19 Posted on 4/2/20
Gov. Greg Abbott tells Texans to stay home except for essential activity in April Posted on 4/1/20
North Texas Cities Keep Public Transportation Open Despite Coronavirus Concerns, Shelter-In-Place Orders Posted on 3/31/20
DCTA expands microtransit service in response to COVID-19 Posted on 3/31/20
New York MTA to distribute 75K masks to frontline workers Posted on 3/31/20
Homeland Security designates for-hire transportation as ‘Essential Critical Infrastructure Posted on 3/31/20
Texas to enforce quarantine orders to Louisiana drivers entering state Posted on 3/30/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Deadline Extension for Federal Transit Administration Competitive Grant Programs Posted on 3/30/20
The number of Texans filing for unemployment increased 860% in a week Posted on 3/27/20
Senate passes stimulus bill that includes $25 billion in emergency funding for transit agencies Posted on 3/26/20
More than 100 apply for CapMetro cleaning, operator jobs within hours Posted on 3/24/20
Texas’s largest counties are issuing stay-at-home orders as coronavirus spreads Posted on 3/24/20
Waco Transit System sets 10-passenger limit Posted on 2/23/20
To slow COVID-19, Trump administration closes southern border to nonessential travel Posted on 3/20/20
Gov. Greg Abbott closes bars, restaurants and schools as he anticipates tens of thousands could test positive for coronavirus Posted on 3/19/20
Texas transit agencies are still getting front-line responders and low-income Texans to work. But service may change as the crisis continues. Posted on 3/18/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $11 Million in Funding Available for Transit Innovation Nationwide Posted on 3/18/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $20.3 Million in Grants to Improve Transportation Access Through Innovative Technologies Posted on 3/16/20
Major cities shutdown, Trump asks Americans to avoid groups over 10 people Posted on 3/16/20

METRO Expands Public Safety Efforts, Adjusts Some Service, Encourages Social Distancing on System Posted on 3/16/20

FTA Announces Increased Flexibility to Help Transit Agencies Respond to Coronavirus Posted on 3/13/20
Texas governor declares statewide emergency, says state will soon be able to test thousands  Posted on 3/13/20
No gatherings of 50 or more for now, urges the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Posted on 3/15/20
Travelers stuck in long lines at DFW due to CDC questionnaire and enhanced screening, airport says Posted on 3/14/20
Gatherings of 250+ People Banned in Austin-Travis County to Help Tackle COVID-19 Posted on 3/14/20
Texas governor declares statewide emergency, says state will soon be able to test thousands  Posted on 3/13/20
FTA Announces Increased Flexibility to Help Transit Agencies Respond to Coronavirus Posted on 3/13/20
Coronavirus in Austin: 3 test positive, including UT president’s wife Posted on 3/13/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $8.5 Million Funding Opportunity to Help Communities Prosper through Transit  Posted on 3/3/20
Here’s how many coronavirus cases there are in Texas — and everything else you need to know Posted on 3/2/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Three CIG Project Sponsors Approved to Use $64 Million in Cost Savings for Additional Eligible Activities  Posted on 2/28/20
To fight huge drop in bus riders, North Texas transit agency faces hard choices about who gets service  Posted on 2/26/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $9.3 Million for Innovative Projects to Improve Rail Transit and Bus Operator Safety  Posted on 2/13/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces More Than $454 Million in Funding Availability for Buses Nationwide  posted on 2/7/20
National Pledge by Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking 1/28/20
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $5.4 Million to Combat Human Trafficking and Improve Safety on Public Transit   1/28/20
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $5 Million in Grants to Improve Public Transportation on Tribal Lands 1/15/20
Federal Transit Administration Launches $11 Million Innovation Initiative 1/15/20
Austin unveils multi-billion dollar transit plan with possible light rail expansion, downtown subway  1/15/20
Trump Taps Pillar Of San Antonio Homeless Policy To Federal Homeless Agency, Criticism Follows  12/5/19
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $423 Million In Grants Nationwide to Revitalize America’s Bus Infrastructure   11/25/19
Senator Young of Ind. Calls on CMS to Help State Medicaid Programs Utilize Ridesharing Services    11/20/19
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $900 Million Historic Investment in American Infrastructure  11/12/19
Someone has died on Texas roads every day for 19 years. Here’s a look at some reasons why — and ideas for turning the tide.  11/8/19

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Nearly $50 Million to Improve Access and Mobility for All Americans  10/29/19

Texas road congestion is hitting a breaking point. Are voters ready to approve more public transit spending?
Transit for Austin coalition unites community leaders in public transportation push – News – Austin American-Statesman – Austin, TX 9/30/19
TxDOT Seeking Input on Texas Transportation Plan