As developments around the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to evolve, we want you to be as informed as possible so you can make the best decisions regarding your health and wellness as possible.


Reduced Schedules Begin March 25, 2020


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. 

A Port Authority employee disinfects a bus (2)

Please check back as we will be updating this page regularly. 


Latest COVID-19 News from Port Authority

April 1: Port Authority Temporarily Modifies Lost and Found Procedures

March 28: Port Authority Reduces Customer Service Hours

March 26: Port Authority Confirms First Employee COVID-19 Case

March 25: Port Authority Reduces Downtown Service Center Hours

March 24: Port Authority to Implement New Operational Procedures Beginning Wednesday

March 23: Port Authority to Begin Operating on Reduced Schedules

March 18: Port Authority to Implement Temporary Social Distancing Policy on All Vehicles

March 17: Port Authority To Offer Reimbursement for Unused Time-based Passes

March 14: Port Authority To Begin Disinfecting Vehicles Every 24 Hours

March 12: Port Authority Take Steps to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

March 11: Port Authority Cancels Community Engagement Meetings

March 2: Port Authority Issues COVID-19 Information


Frequently Asked Questions

How is Port Authority staying on top of the latest COVID-19 developments?  

How can I stay healthy and limit the spread of germs on public transit vehicles?  

At which bus and light rail stations can I find hand sanitizer dispensers?  

What is being done to keep buses, rail cars, and stations clean?  

Has ACCESS, Port Authority’s paratransit system, also increased the frequency of vehicle cleaning?  

What should I do if someone is noticeably ill on the bus?  

What is being done to protect and educate bus drivers?  

Are there any impacts to service now that the virus has spread to our region?  

Is Port Authority offering reimbursements for time-based passes?  

What would happen if person confirmed to have the virus rode on a Port Authority vehicle?  

Where can I go to stay updated about Port Authority information and service?  

 


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.

 Sit down.

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.