This resource page is dedicated to public transportation professionals with information related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  In the effort to keep this information, current members are encouraged to share any resources that could be beneficial to other members.  Please submit information in the form of pdf’s, photo’s, documents, or links to info@txtransit.org.


Up To Date COVID-19 Updates:

Get the latest news and information for professional transit system managers. Brought to you in collaboration with Transit Aware.



The percentage of Texans testing positive for COVID-19 is dropping, but experts say the threat isn’t over Posted n 9/11/20

Number of COVID patients hospitalized in Texas dips below 6,000 for the first time since June Posted on 8/19/2020

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton: Face mask mandates OK for counties, public transportation Posted on 8/4/2020

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a pair of opinions Tuesday siding with counties and transportation authorities on face mask requirements.  The opinions both stated that local authorities can issue face mask mandates, something that Republican state lawmakers had resisted until cases spiked in recent months.

The City of Brownsville Declaration Increases Social Distancing Measures to 8 Feet and Decreases Allowed Occupancy Posted on 7/29/20
Cecile Young to lead Texas Health and Human Services Commission Posted on 7/27/20
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Projects a Fiscal 2021 Ending Shortfall of $4.6 Billion in Revised Revenue Estimate Posted on 7/20/20
Texas will extend the time that schools will be allowed to stay online-only, Gov. Greg Abbott says Posted on 7/14/20
Texas reports 10,745 new cases of coronavirus, a record high, as number of people hospitalized surpasses 10,500 Posted on 7/14/20
Texas bans elective surgeries in more than 100 counties as coronavirus hospitalizations keep climbing Posted on 7/9/20
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signals support as Austin weighs fines for not wearing face masks Posted on 7/8/20
State Fair of Texas canceled for 2020 because of coronavirus Posted on 7/7/20

Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texans in most counties to wear masks in public  Posted on 7/2/20

Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texas bars to close again and restaurants to reduce to 50% occupancy as coronavirus spreads Posted on 6/26/20

CCRTA to Require Use of Facial Coverings Posted on 6/26/20   
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Per order of Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) will require all individuals to use facial coverings while utilizing public transportation, or while at CCRTA transfer stations, bus stops, or facilities. The order goes into effect on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 11:59pm.
Gov. Greg Abbott pauses Texas’ reopening, bans elective surgeries in four counties to preserve bed space for coronavirus patients Posted on 6/25/20
Texas’ coronavirus positivity rate exceeds “warning flag” level Abbott set as businesses reopened Posted on 6/24/20

Texas hits all-time high for COVID-19 cases; governor urges residents to stay home Posted on 6/24/20

Texas sets records for new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations Posted on 6/17/2020

COVID-19 Webinar: Return-to-work guidelines and Key Considerations for HR and Transit Leaders Sponsored by TTA and HTG, Recording from Webinar on 6/12/20

Texas sees record uptick in COVID-19 cases as protests continue Posted on 6/8/20
Almost all Texas businesses are allowed to open at 50% capacity, Gov. Greg Abbott says Posted on 6/3/2020
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares state of disaster after George Floyd protests Posted on 6/01/2020 

U.S. Department of Transportation to Distribute Over 15 Million Cloth Facial Coverings to America’s Transportation Workforce Posted on 5/28/20

Gov. Greg Abbott says Amarillo has “turned a corner” after coronavirus flare-up Posted on 5/27/20


The CDC has published a Mass Transit Decision guide to assist mass transit administrators in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remember, it is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while
adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community. Posted on 5/15/2020


Gov. Greg Abbott to let restaurants, movie theaters and malls open with limited capacity Friday May 1, 2020  Posted on 4/27/20

The businesses must limit occupancy to no more than 25%.

The Governor’s Report to Open Texas

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.


President Trump announced on Thursday, April 16, 2020 the White House’s plan for eventually rolling back social distancing measures and reopening the country’s economy in several phases — depending on location.

The plan calls for three phases to reopening the country, based on the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in each individual state or region.

Opening Up America Again Guidelines 

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

Here are 4 ways cities are coping with the effects of COVID-19 Posted on 4/15/20

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

Fiscal Year 2020 CARES Act Supplemental Public Transportation Apportionments and Allocations Posted on 4/2/20

Homeland Security designates for-hire transportation as ‘Essential Critical Infrastructure Posted on 3/31/20

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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

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
Frequently Asked Questions from FTA Grantees Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Posted 3/13/20
TxDOT: COVID-19 Response Information from Texas Transit Providers

Coronavirus Resource Information Posted on 03.09.20

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coronavirus (COVID-19)

APTA’s Public Transit Response to Coronavirus or COVID-19

SWTA’s COVID 19 Operational Ideas You Can Use

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares state of disaster in 23 counties ahead of Hurricane Marco, Tropical Storm Laura, Posted on 8/24/20

Texas sees record uptick in COVID-19 cases as protests continue Posted on 6/8/20

Almost all Texas businesses are allowed to open at 50% capacity, Gov. Greg Abbott says Posted on 6/3/2020

U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Top 100,000 as South American Cases Surge Posted on 5/27/20

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

Texas coronavirus death toll rises to 884 Posted on 5/5/20
Coronavirus model projects 134,000 deaths in US, nearly double its last estimate Posted on 5/5/20

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
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