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Federal Mask Requirement for Public Transportation

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 FTA announced federal mask requirements for transit systems to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

The mask requirement is based on President Biden’s Executive Order 13998, issued January 21, 2021. To implement the presidential EO, on Friday, January 29, the CDC issued an order, Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks While on Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs, and on Sunday, January 31, the TSA issued Security Directive 1582/84-21-01.

Requiring masks will protect America’s transit workers and passengers and help control the transmission of COVID-19.

The U.S. Department of Transportation posted Frequently Asked Questions online. The FAQs in the general section and transit section are applicable to FTA grantees.

If you have questions or comments, please send them to FTA via TransitMaskUp@dot.gov.

Regional Transportation Authority Seeks New Leader as Kaplan Announces Retirement

Lori Kaplan, executive director of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA), has announced her retirement. Kaplan has served as executive director for two years. She joined CIRTA in 2011 as vanpool manager and was promoted to the Commuter Connect rideshare program manager before taking the executive director job. Before joining CIRTA, Kaplan served in … read more


CIRTA Board of Directors Elects Officers

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 8, 2018) — The board of directors of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) has elected the following officers: Cassie Stockamp of Marion County, president; Bill Ehret of Marion County, vice president; Jerry Bridges of Madison County, secretary; and Larry Hesson of Hendricks County, treasurer. The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) … read more


IndyStar Letters: Amazon bid shows necessity of mass transit

To read the letter from CIRTA Executive Director, Lori Kaplan, on IndyStar’s website, click the link below: https://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/readers/2018/01/22/letters-amazon-bid-shows-necessity-mass-transit/1053927001/  


Plainfield Wins Innovation Award for Economic Improvement District

The Town of Plainfield has been named a 2017 Municipal Innovation Award winner by Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim) in the 30,000 – 60,000 population category. The Town received the award during the Aim Annual Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, October 11, at the 2017 Aim Ideas Summit in Evansville. The town was honored for their creation … read more


Community meetings on 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan set

The way we get around today – driving, biking, walking or taking transit – has a lot to do with infrastructure that was planned years ago. Roadways, transit lines and bridges often are conceived decades before any concrete is poured. In other words, if residents want to have a say in future infrastructure, they need … read more


Workforce Connectors not running on Labor Day (September 4)

All three Workforce Connectors (North Plainfield Connector, South Plainfield Connector, and Whitestown Connector) will not operate on Labor Day, Monday, September 4.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, September 5.  Questions can be directed to CIRTA’s office (317-327-7433) during normal business hours.


Central Indiana to celebrate Car Free Day Indy Sept. 22

CEOs, civic leaders pledge to go car free or car lite Central Indiana will join Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Jakarta, Metro Washington, D.C., and Long Island, NY, in marking World Car Free Day on Sept. 22. For the second year, Commuter Connect is challenging Central Indiana employers and residents to go car free and take the … read more


Amazon job seekers can take public transportation

Job seekers participating in today’s Amazon Jobs Day in Whitestown can get to the hiring fair on public transportation. While a lack of transportation has historically prevented many metro-area job seekers from applying for jobs in Indianapolis suburbs, a “workforce connector” now links IndyGo lines to worksites offering thousands of positions – including the ones … read more



Funding Transit to Industrial Properties

Employers in Plainfield, Indiana, are helping fund connector bus service that brings employees to local industrial parks. By: Cinda Kelley, president, Kelley and Associates LLC http://www.naiop.org/en/Magazine/2017/Summer-2017/Development-Ownership/Funding-Transit-to-Industrial-Properties.aspx