As a result of feedback received from ACT and other transportation groups and transit agencies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued updated guidance for employers to support employees commuting to work, replacing the CDC's initial guidance recommending employers promote driving alone to work.
The new language now states:
For employees who commute to work using public transportation or ride sharing, consider offering the following support:
If feasible, offer employees incentives to use forms of transportation that minimize close contact with others (e.g., biking, walking, driving or riding by car either alone or with household members).
We appreciate the CDC's recognition of options beyond driving alone to work, but believe that all commuting modes will be necessary to ensure all employees are able to return to their worksites during the pandemic. ACT encourages all service providers, employers, and commuters to invest in appropriate measures and focus on communication to ensure that transit, shuttles, carpooling, vanpooling, biking, and walking are safe and reliable. ACT will continue to advocate for support of these vital options.
ACT’s recent report, Supporting Commuters Returning to Worksites During COVID-19, provides recommended practices for managing different commute modes while continuing to support the health and safety of commuters during the coronavirus pandemic. These recommendations include simple actions like limiting occupancy in vehicles, reserving seats, shifting work hours, being flexible, and most importantly cleaning that transportation providers, employers, and commuters can utilize to the safe use of carpooling, vanpooling, public transit, private shuttles, and telecommuting.
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Eric Burdette and John Larson-Friend are both graduate students at the University of Oregon in the School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management. In April of 2020, both Eric and John applied for project-based scholarships with the Transportation Research Group, a group of professors and students hosted within...
Over the past two weekends, and after feedback from ACT and other transportation groups and transit agencies, that their initial guidance recommending all commuters drive alone to work was not practical, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has...