FTA advises cleaning the transit, little guidance on shutting down the system due to viruses

FILE PHOTO: A man enters the subway station while an MTA employee disinfects the station in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New York, the United States, on March 4, 2020. REUTERS / Eduardo Munoz

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) had little new advice to offer transit systems in the event that they had to shut down their commuter networks for the outbreak of the corona virus in a conference call on Friday, but told operators that they did you could find hygiene instructions on government websites.

In a conference call on Friday hosted by the United States Department of Transportation with more than 1,000 participants, K. Jane Williams, Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) said that the agency “obviously monitors the situation carefully, but we have no guidelines or guidelines for shutting down the system. ”

With the number of US coronavirus cases increasing and reaching more than 230 cases in 21 states on Friday, local transportation agencies are trying to find ways to protect their drivers.

But Williams had little to tell transit agencies about cleaning and disinfection measures outside of measures taken by transit agents in Washington State, which has had a number of cases, and elsewhere.

“FTA has no specific guidelines for vehicle cleaning,” she said.

An official from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraged transit agencies to work with local health officials once a day and to clean “touch-sensitive surfaces” with products registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency for their effectiveness against viruses to ensure .

On its website, the free trade agreement has referred transit agencies to a CDC website that provides preliminary guidance for businesses. Here

This week, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced that it would “significantly increase the frequency and intensity of disinfection procedures at each of its stations and across its entire fleet of vehicles.”

Reporting by Karen Pierog; Edited by Dan Burns, Tom Brown and Daniel Wallis

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