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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.

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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

May Commuter Challenge offers prizes for commuters

Central Indiana residents who take a bus, bike, carpool or walk to work at least once in the month of May can enter to win a $500 gift card and other prizes in the Commuter Challenge. Commuters who log their “smart commutes” at will earn one entry every time they log a commute. In … read more

Hamilton County commuters invited to learn about vanpools

Hamilton County residents who work in downtown Indianapolis are invited to a lunch-and-learn session about vanpooling on May 12 at noon at the Julia M. Carson Transit Center, 201 E. Washington St. “This is for everyone who’s tired of a long commute and might be interested in saving money and sharing driving responsibilities with others,” … read more

Notice of Route Change: Whitestown Connector

Effective May 1, 2017, the Whitestown route will undergo some revisions, as follows: The first run of the day will be a “Downtown Express”, beginning in Downtown Indianapolis, at 200 E. Washington Street across the street from the IndyGo Downtown Transit Center, at 5:15 am.  The run will go directly to Whitestown and run the stops … read more

New Economic Improvement District (EID) to pay for workforce transportation

Plainfield has an estimated 2,400 unfilled job openings The Plainfield Town Council recently passed an ordinance to create the first Economic Improvement District (EID) in the state to help fund a commuter transportation service. Property owners within a 3,442-square-acre district south of US 40 in Plainfield petitioned the council to create the district. They will … read more

Notice of Minor Route Change: North Plainfield Connector

Effective January 1, 2017, the North Plainfield route will undergo some minor revisions. The schedule will not change, but stops will be in a slightly different order. Specifically, the Temper-Sealy and Regal stops on CR 200 S will be the last stops of the route, rather than the second and third stops. This new routing … read more

Contest encourages ridesharing, biking, taking the bus

Commuter Challenge prizes include gift cards, Colts tickets October is National Rideshare Month, so Central Indiana’s ridesharing service is celebrating with a contest for a chance to win prizes for anyone who uses transportation options other than driving alone to get to work. “All month long, anytime you commute by riding the bus, carpooling, biking, … read more

Civic leaders urge participation in city’s inaugural Car Free Day

Participants who pledge to go car free or car lite can get Emergency Ride Home pass Standing before of an array of alternative transportation options, Eskenazi Health CEO Dr. Lisa Harris and Angie’s List Senior Director of Business Development Steve Hood today encouraged Central Indiana employers and individuals to participate in the city’s first-ever Car … read more