APTA creates task force to prepare public transit for post COVID-19 world

April 17, 2020

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced this week the formation of a new Mobility Recovery and Restoration Task Force.

The new task force will develop a roadmap for public transportation services in the post COVID-19 pandemic world and explore new methods, tools, and approaches so that the industry can play an essential role in the nation’s economic recovery.

“As we navigate the uncertainties of the COVID-19 crisis in the months ahead, public transportation will be even more vital to our riders, communities, and nation,” Nuria I. Fernandez, APTA Board Chair and General Manager and CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, said in a statement. “We have an urgent imperative to create a path forward for public transportation and support the economic recovery of our communities and country.”

The new Task Force will be chaired by Phillip A. Washington, CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, while Joanna M. Pinkerton, president and CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority and Paul Wiedefeld, general manager and CEO of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, will serve as co-chairs.

APTA says the results of the task force will include a set of recommendations covering a wide range of issues critical to public transportation’s future success, including safeguarding employees and riders, public and rider confidence, and customer-focused operations, as well as resiliency, equity, and societal needs.