OC Transpo first Canadian transit agency to join APTA’s Health and Safety Commitments Program
OC Transpo is the first Canadian transit agency to join the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) “Health and Safety Commitments Program,” the public transportation industry’s overarching pledge to passengers that public transit systems are taking all the necessary measures to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Program was developed after asking transit users from across the country what measures would make them feel more confident riding public transportation amid concerns about COVID-19. From this research, the industry identified four key areas that transit systems need to address to earn riders’ confidence:
- Following public health guidelines from official sources;
- Protecting each other by cleaning and disinfecting transit vehicles and facilities frequently, and requiring face coverings and other protection;
- Keeping passengers informed and empowered to choose the safest times, routes, and ways to ride; and,
- Putting health first by requiring riders and employees to avoid public transit if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or feel ill.
Did You Know: OC Transpo led the way in Canada by being:
- 1st to implement mandatory masks for both customers and employees – something almost every Canadian transit agency has since adopted.
- 1st to implement rear-door boarding in order to increase physical distancing between customers and operators.
OC Transpo remains committed to the highest standards of health and safety. We’re proud to have earned the Seal of Commitment by adopting practices and policies to help make our transit system as safe as possible for you. We’re all in this together!
The Seal of Commitment will be displayed across the OC Transpo transit system soon.
For more information on APTA’s HSC program, visit APTA.com.