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Transit System Services to Combat COVID-19

When stay-at-home orders begin to be lifted, the use of public transportation will require additional extensive and consistent cleaning to keep riders safe and to limit the potential for further spread of COVID-19.

Prior to the onset of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, millions of people utilized transit systems daily to get to and from work, in addition to other activities in their daily lives. Buses, subways, commuter trains and airplanes are susceptible to contamination and can contribute to the spread of disease. With the return of traffic that transit systems will experience as stay-at-home orders are lifted, these areas could become the epicenter for future disease outbreaks if not properly cleaned and monitored. Highly contagious pathogens require heightened levels of cleaning. TRC is working with metropolitan transit systems across the country in the fight against COVID-19. We are conducting cleaning verification on hundreds of buses, subway stations and other transit assets as we support our clients in their response to this pandemic. We provide cleaning verification services to confirm that proper cleaning was conducted. We also work with cleaning crews to revise their procedures to comply with CDC guidelines and we train cleaning personnel on the new process and required PPE. We utilize TRC OneView, our digital GIS-enabled, time-stamped data management tool, to document cleaning activities, track program performance and mitigate the risk associated with third-party claims.

Restoring Public Confidence in Transit Systems After COVID-19

Check out our recent webinar featuring a panel of transit experts discussing the challenges facing transit authorities as they plan how to safely and efficiently clean their public transit systems as the country reopens post COVID-19. Understanding the efficacy of different cleaning methods and how to strike the balance between effective cleaning to reduce disease spread while ensuring there isn’t wasteful spending is a huge challenge. Our expert panel outlined the options available and the pros and cons to each approach for cleaning public transit systems to minimize the risk to both employees and the public.


  • Brian Alberts, Director of Safety, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
  • Michael Berg, Technical Director, Eurofins EMLab P&K
  • Heath Howard, CIH, CSP, Technical Lead Mobile Data Solutions & Industrial Hygiene, TRC
  • Bill Moody, Executive Vice President, Zep

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