Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is a team effort. Here's what you need to know.
Here you will find the latest information issued by Port Authority, as well as helpful tips on what you can do to protect yourself and fellow riders while riding public transit throughout our the region.
Due to the TSA no longer enforcing its directive following a Florida court ruling, effective April 18, 2022, we will no longer enforce mask wearing. Individuals are welcome to continue to wear masks for their own comfort and safety.
Port Authority has launched a new online tool to help riders plan trips with social distancing in mind called Room2Ride.
Safe to Go
As we continue to navigate the global pandemic, your health and safety continue to be our top priority. Learn more about our in-depth plan to keep you safe while taking public transit.
Hygiene Tips for Riders
Port Authority has partnered with the Allegheny County Health Department to offer some useful tips to help prevent the exposure to and spread of germs and illness while riding public transit in our region.
Wash your hands.
Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs, particularly after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Follow these five steps every time:
- - Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- - Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- - Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice, or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
- - Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- - Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Carry alcohol-based (60-95% alcohol) hand sanitizer when you aren’t able to wash your hands.
Change your seat.
If you notice someone near you who appears to be visibly sick, move away from them if possible.
If escaping the path of someone’s cough or sneeze isn’t an option, respectfully pivot in the opposite direction, being sure to face away from the trajectory of their cough or sneeze.
While an entirely hands-free commute probably isn’t possible, it’s best to avoid holding on to poles and straps as germs can survive on these surfaces. If possible, opt to sit, keeping your hands in your pockets to avoid touching unnecessary surfaces. This option is more of a best-case scenario, as trains and buses are often full during peak travel hours, and individuals with physical disabilities should always have first priority for seating.
Use good judgment.
If you are sick, stay home. If that’s not an option, don’t cough or sneeze into your hands. You’re more likely to touch something and spread germs that could infect others. Instead, cough or sneeze into your shoulder, sleeve or elbow.
Additionally, it has been an active flu and respiratory disease season. The CDC and ACHD continues to recommend getting a flu shot - it’s never too late.