NCTD Reaffirms Safety First Pledge by Joining National Program to Protect Riders and Boost Confidence in Riding Transit
NCTD Also Asks Riders to Join in the Commitment to Health and Safety
Oceanside, CA – With transit ridership down throughout the San Diego region and across the nation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the North County Transit District (NCTD) has joined the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) “Health and Safety Commitments Program," reaffirming their commitment to protecting transit rider health and safety along with more than 100 other public transportation agencies. “Joining APTA’s Health and Safety Commitments Program was a natural fit for NCTD since we are already following many of these core responsibilities. We clean facilities and vehicles daily during layovers, and we require facial coverings for employees and riders. We put the health of our riders and employees first,” said NCTD Board Chair and Encinitas Councilmember Tony Kranz. “With the partnership of APTA and the other agencies across the country, we can strengthen the public’s trust in transit and keep our community thriving.”
The core health and safety principles of the APTA program were developed based on a nationwide survey, which identified four key focus areas important to transit riders during COVID-19:
“This program is a commitment that the transit industry is making to all those we serve now and to those who we look forward to serving,” said Nuria I. Fernandez, APTA Chair and General Manager and CEO of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. “Public transportation is and will be vital to the social and economic recovery of our nation. But getting there requires us to win back our ridership and encourage new riders to view public transit as a preferred mobility choice. We believe this commitment program will help accomplish this goal.”
To find out more about NCTD’s response to COVID-19 and APTA’s Health and Safety Commitments Program, visit GoNCTD.com/Coronavirus.