As a result of a court order, effective April 18, 2022, the Centers 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(CDC) January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect.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. These changes do not preclude a transportation operator from imposing its own face mask requirements. Please follow the guidance of your local transit agency/authority.
In addition, effective immediately, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not enforce its mask-related Security Directives. TSA is also withdrawing its Security Directive 1582/84-21-01E, which was issued on April 15, 2022, and was scheduled to take effect on April 19, 2022.
For transit safety questions, please submit your question(s) through the FTA Contact Us form.
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which became law on March 11, 2021, includes $30.5 billion in federal funding to support the nation’s public transportation systems as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and support the President’s call to vaccinate the U.S. population.
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) includes $900 billion in supplemental appropriations for COVID-19 relief, $14 billion of which will be allocated to support the transit industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. CRRSAA became law on December 27, 2020.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
On Friday, March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was signed into law. FTA is allocating $25 billion to recipients of the urbanized area and rural area formula funds.
- Transit COVID-19 Response Program Information Collection
- FTA COVID-19 Resource Tool (Updated Weekly)
- FTA COVID-19 Recovery Practices in Transit
- COVID-19 Recovery Vendor List for Public Transportation
- FTA COVID-19 FAQs
The content linked below is available for historical purposes. FTA is no longer updating this content and it may not reflect current COVID-19 guidance.
For the latest information:
- CDC COVID-19 Website
- CDC Masks Are Recommended Posters and Social Media Graphics
- CDC Transit Workers Vaccine Confidence Toolkit
- CDC How to Build Transit Workers' Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines
- CDC Communications Resources
- TSA COVID-19 Hub
- TSA COVID-19 FAQs
- TSA Surface Operations National Map Inspectors Contacts
- Department of Treasury Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Program
- FTA COVID-19 Recovery Listening Sessions
- FTA/HUD COVID-19 Partnership for COVID-19 Recovery
- FAQs from FTA Grantees Regarding COVID-19
- State Emergency Operations Center Contact Information
- Increasing Vaccine Confidence Among Transit Workers Webinar (May 17, 2021)
- Transit’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccination National Peer Exchange (March 26, 2021)
- USDOT COVID-19 Drug & Alcohol Testing Statement of Enforcement Discretion for Substance Abuse Professionals and Service Agents (April 4, 2020)
- USDOT Guidance on Compliance with DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations (March 23, 2020)
- Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program Notice of Enforcement Discretion (December 2020)
- Safety Advisory 20-01: Recommended Actions to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19 Among Transit Employees and Passengers
- U.S. Department of Transportation Launches "Mask Up" Campaign (03-19-2021)
- U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Additional Administrative Relief for Transit Agencies During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (12-11-2020)
- U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $25 Billion Funding Allocation to Help Nation’s Public Transportation Systems Respond to COVID-19 (4-2-2020)
- U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Deadline Extension for Federal Transit Administration Competitive Grant Programs (3-27-2020)
- Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao's Comments with Transit Stakeholders (3-26-2020)
- Making Public Transit Safer During the COVID-19 Outbreak blog by Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao (3-18-2020)
- U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Increased Flexibility to Help Transit Agencies Respond to Coronavirus (3-13-2020)