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Weekly Update: Issue 11, Week of July 24-31, 2020: COVID 19, VACCINES PROGRESS, VACCINE HYPE

5 articles including: COVID 19,  VACCINES PROGRESS, VACCINE HYPE; COVID 19,    US TRANSIT RIDERSHIP CHANGES – WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED; COVID 19,    THE LIST OF HAND SANITIZER PRODUCTS TO AVOID IS NOW OVER 70; COVID 19,    WILL GONZALO REACH TEXAS AND WILL COVID RESPONSE TEAMS BE PREPARED? and COVID 19,   WHERE DID ALL THE COINS GO?

Weekly Update : Issue 10, Week of July 6-12, 2020: Cases Rise in 40 States, Managing Operations During a Pandemic, Anticipating The New Normal, and more

Robert T Babbitt PLLC

Issue 10, Article 1

July 3, 2020

COVID 19, CASES RISE IN 40 OF THE 50 STATES, TEXAS CITIES AT THE HEART OF THE BATTLE

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our tasks, our teams, and our … Read More


Qatar Airways is now requiring all passengers wear a face shield in addition to masks — except in business class. Posted on 7/6/20

The debate is increasing with implications for our defensive strategies. For most purposes, the difference between large respiratory droplets and airborne transmission is simply the size of droplet. Posted on 7/6/20

239 Experts With One Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne

There are scientific debates regarding the size of particles and how far they travel. Posted on 7/6/20

How Far Droplets Can Move in Indoor Environments–Revisiting the Wells Evaporation-Falling Curve

Texas watched as New York went through a dangerous surge in hospital treatments of Covid patients. Now in some manners, the table has turned… Read More Posted on 7/5/20

Texas hits another record for daily new Coronavirus cases Posted on 7/5/20

Gov. Greg Abbott Establishes Mask Mandate For Most Texas Counties, Gives Local Leaders Power To Restrict Gatherings To 10 – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Internal messages reveal crisis at Houston hospitals as coronavirus cases surge

There are many cities in Texas and Florida that are experiencing rapid growth in positive cases.

Cities Where COVID-19 Is Growing the Fastest Posted on 6/30/20


There are two strains of the coronavirus. The second is a mutation of the first. It does not cause greater damage to those infected but it is more transmissible.

World’s dominant strain of coronavirus ‘is 10 TIMES more infectious than the one that jumped to humans in China’ because it mutated so its vital spike protein doesn’t snap as often in the body, scientists say. Posted on 6/30/20


Weekly Update: Issue 9, Week of June 29-July 5, 2020: Perspective Needed For Surge In Cases, Breakthrough News In UVC Treatment, and more

Robert T. Babbitt PLLC

Issue 9, Article 1

COVID 19, CASES SURGE IN FLORIDA, ARIZONA, TEXAS – BUT SOME PERSPECTIVE NEEDED

There is no doubt that the exuberant return to “normal” activities was ahead of the actual guidance results. It … Read More

Press Release: Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority to Require Use of Facial Coverings. Posted on 6/27/20

Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texas bars to close again and restaurants to reduce to 50% occupancy as coronavirus spreads. Posted on 6/26/20

The rapid increase in positive cases of Covid 19 in Texas has created new issues. A major children’s hospital in the Houston market has adapted to serving adult patients.

And three states, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have ordered that travels from Texas and other “hotspots” require a 14 day quarantine period. Posted on 6/24/20

The balance between opening a state economy and protecting the health of the citizens is challenging in the current environment. These twelve states are faced with difficult adjustments. Posted on 6/22/20

Weekly Update: Issue 8, Week of June 22-28, 2020: Dexamethasone, Effective Covid Strategies, The Covid Mystery, and more

Robert T. Babbitt PLLC

Issue 8, Article 1

COVID 19, REMDESIVIR WAS “FIRST THERAPY”, DEXAMETHASONE NOW TESTED FOR COVID-19

Fifty-nine years ago, Dexamethasone was approved for safe use. This generic drug has now been tested as a therapeutic in the … Read More

FTA Releases COVID-19 Guidance to Transit Agencies; Includes APTA’s Hold-Harmless Recommendation. Posted on 6/19/20

Facial coverings are an important strategy in the Covid 19 battle. Governor Abbott has provided local governments with a critical tool. Posted on 6/19/20

Bexar and Hidalgo counties require face masks in businesses as coronavirus surges. Other Texas leaders consider similar measures.

Gov. Greg Abbott won’t fight Bexar County move to require masks in San Antonio area businesses

Texas governor’s office confirms counties, cities can require face masks at businesses. Posted on 6/19/20

Weekly Update: Issue 7, Week of June 15-21, 2020: Rider Apprehension, Safe Restart, Useful Therapies , and more

Robert T. Babbitt PLLC

Issue 7, Article 1

COVID 19, AS TRANSIT RIDERS RETURN, ARE THE FEARS SERIOUS OR IRRATIONAL?

By any measure, New York City has been a center of the infection spread in this difficult disease. Yet the …

The CDC Just Issued These Big New Guidelines About Coronavirus. Posted on 6/13/20

Return-to-work guidelines and Key Considerations Webinar Conducted by INSURICA was held on Friday June 12th. More to come.
Hosted by TTA and TransitAware an HTG Company

The number of COVID 19 cases is over 7.5 million worldwide, with many cases undiagnosed. As our country, Brazil, India and Russia continue to see large increases, the dense cities are the focus of many concerns. Some of these are well founded, some may be exaggerated. The Montreal based Institute for Research on Public Policy offers a clear perspective on how dense cities can handle the challenges. Posted on 6/11/20

Second U.S. Virus Wave Emerges as Cases Top 2 Million Posted on 6/11/20

Quarantine fatigue: Governors reject new lockdowns as virus cases spike Posted on 6/11/20

Texas A&M University requiring face masks on campus. The policy will take effect Monday, June 15 Posted on 6/10/20

The country’s top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, on Tuesday said the novel coronavirus is his “worst nightmare” and warned that it is far from over. Posted on 6/10/20

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our industry around the globe.
Join the international panel to consider many of the critical issues facing transit professionals
. Posted on 6/9/20

PUBLIC TRANSIT’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
A Special APTAU Webinar Series


Weekly Update: Issue 6, Week of June 8-14, 2020: Short Term Impacts, Treatments, Vaccines, and more

Robert T. Babbitt PLLC
Issue 6, Article 1
June 6, 2020

COVID 19, WHAT DO SHORT TERM IMPACTS LOOK LIKE?
The impacts of COVID 19 have been life ending for some, life changing for others. For transit systems the first … Read More

T4A Grasstops: House introduces transportation bill

The House and Senate must reach agreement for the next authorization, the first step has passed the House.
Please see the attached analysis by Transportation for America. Posted on 6/5/20

Governor Abbott continues to bring the state economy back to a new “normal”. The rules for reaching the next phase with 50% occupancy in many commercial activities are described in this article. Posted on 6/4/20

The fall semester will be a remarkable social experiment. UT and TAMU have announced the blended solution. Several large classes will be offered in virtual format. Many classes will be offered in a traditional manner. Social distancing will be designed into campus life in many ways. Posted on 6/3/20

The national protests are an important news story and an important comment on our society. Unfortunately, the participants greatly increased the odds that they have been exposed to the Coronavirus. Posted on 6/3/20

Weekly Update: Issue 5, Week of June 1-7, 2020: Disinfecting Solutions, Preventive Measures, Reopening Our Transit Systems, and more

Robert T Babbitt PLLC

Issue 5, Article 1
May 30, 2020

COVID 19, LOOKING FOR SIMPLE DISINFECTING SOLUTIONS
It is clear that transit systems in our state have modified the cleaning processes to give more frequent attention to all commonly … Read More

TxDOT Comprehensive Training Program: June & July 2020 Training Opportunities

Governor Abbott held a press conference explaining the latest Covid 19 news. The Panhandle infection rate seems to have turned the corner. Posted on 5/28/20

APTA invites transit managers to use the Pandemic Virus Service Restoration checklist as a handy tool. The use of UV lights for disinfection is growing among  transit systems. Several cases are explained. Posted on 5/28/20

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation Tuesday announcing additional services and activities that can resume under his second wave of re-openings Posted on 5/27/20

We are pleased to announce FTA Regional Administrator, Gail Lyssy, will join the TTA conference call on Friday, May 29, 2020. The FTA guidance on the Comparison of Emergency Relief funds with funds from the FTA portion of the Cares Act will be explained. The FTA guidance is attached for your review. Posted on 5/26/20

Weekly Update: Issue 4, Week of May 25-31: Hurricane Season Concern, Surge Response, Vaccines, College Campus Transit Plans, and more

Robert T Babbitt PLLC

Issue 4, Article 1

May 23, 2020

COVID 19, HOW DO WE CONDUCT EVACUATIONS DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a dangerous hurricane season for 2020. For the fifth year in a … Read More

New York MTA has announced the test of UV systems to assist in the viral cleaning process.
The attached technical information provides details on the safety and electrical specifications of this unit. Posted on 5/22/20

For those organizations that plan to attend the 10am virtual Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) meeting on Tuesday, May 26 – please share with appropriate staff members. Click here for updated link. Posted on 5/22/20

Warning: Hand Sanitizer Left In Sunlight Could Start Fire Posted on 5/22/20

COVID-19 Update to Members from APTA CEO Posted on 5/22/20

Op-Ed: What Does Social Distancing Mean for Public Transit? Posted on 5/21/20

“The Governor’s office has prepared a clear update of which establishments will open on which date.” Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas Posted on 5/21/20

Mapping the Coronavirus
Outbreak Across the World
Posted on 5/20/20

Chinese doctors are seeing the coronavirus manifest differently among patients in its new cluster of cases in the northeast region compared to the original outbreak in Wuhan Posted on 5/20/20

When Do You Really Have to Wear a Mask? 3 Experts Share Their Recommendations Posted on 5/20/20

American Public Transportation Association Hosts 2020 Virtual Fly-In for Congress APTA members are urging Congress to provide $23.8 billion in funding for COVID-19 Emergency Response and Recovery. Posted on 5/19/20

CORONAVIRUS IN TEXAS: Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced his next wave of reopenings designed to restart the Texas economy Posted on 5/18/20

Greyhound requiring masks on all buses, launches new sanitizing efforts Posted on 5/18/20

Weekly Updates: Issue 3, Week of May 18-24, 2020: AVIPTADIL, Health Inspection and Transit, Transit Restart in Texas, and more

Robert T Babbitt PLLC
Issue 3, Article 1
May 16, 2020
COVID 19, HELP FROM A KNOWN MEDICINE
There is no getting around the unusual nature of this pandemic. It is easy to interrupt the spread with cautious social distancing, … Read More

This is where all 50 states stand on reopening Posted on 5/17/20

Texas COVID-19 cases rise, governor’s office says more testing being done Posted on 5/17/20

Two pressing issues face each transit system during the reopen process. First, what were the most effective disinfecting methods. Second, what are the questions we should ask to make our systems relevant in the new situation. Both are addressed in the attached link. 4 questions transit agencies need to ask themselves in the wake of COVID-19 Posted on 5/15/20

Transit systems around the state are carefully adding services that had been limited. The following CDC guidance is targeted for those decisions. Posted on 5/15/20

The purpose of this tool is to assist mass transit administrators in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of this tool is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers.

GUIDANCE ON PREPARING WORKPLACES FOR COVID-19

COVID-19 Buyer’s Guide: FPTA has provided the following CTAA Buyer’s Guide listing of cleaning, disinfecting and PPE supplies. Posted 5/15/20

Every storm and hurricane season transit systems are critical links for safety. Many provide trips to safe shelters. These shelters will face new challenges this year. Covid-19 changes the manner in which we should transport to the shelters. It changes how the shelters should be prepared to shelter and isolate the visitors. Even the intake process will change. The CDC has prepared guidance on the new rules of engagement. The following offers cautious preparations for these new challenges. Posted on 5/15/20

CDC Interim Guidance for General Population Disaster Shelters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The gradual reopening of our state brings great opportunities and significant caution. We will learn how to make our communities viable once again, but we must be careful. The simple rules of six foot distance, covering for coughs and limited personal touching remain vital to our success. Another simple strategy is to move any function we can outdoors. Physical spacing outdoors is simply easier .Ventilation systems in hospitals include several features not found in a typical office. While offices become cleaner, the fastest solution is to move outdoors when possible. The attached article explains how this will be part of the new normal. Posted on 5/14/20

” The CARES ACT provided much needed relief for the participants in the federal transit program. It is already providing urgent relief. The next legislation HR 2869 has been introduced in the House. The distribution of these funds would give more discretion to the FTA headquarters.

APTA and SWTA have offered advice on the best method of distribution of these funds. The SWTA advice is attached. It reminds Congress that the formula funding allocation process offers the greater equity along many important considerations.” Posted on 5/13/20

House Bill Provides $15.75 Billion of Additional COVID-19 Funding for Public Transit Posted on 5/13/20

APTA, Industry Leaders Discuss COVID-19 Challenges and Need for Emergency Response and Recovery Funding Posted on 5/12/20

White House reviewing guidelines for reopening transit Posted on 5/12/20

FDOT Safety Risk Assessment Guide Posted on 5/12/20

The COVID-19 Pandemic – Public Transportation Responds: Safeguarding Riders and Employees – American Public Transportation Association See important APTA safety guidelines for transportation. Posted 5/11/20

Weekly Update: Issue 2, Week of May 11-17, 2020: Texas Reopens, NEMT, Unemployment, and more Posted 5/10/20


TxDOT 5339 Program FY2020 Urban Allocations Posted on 5/9/20

NYC Shuts Down Subway Overnight in Historic Move Posted on 5/9/20

FTA updated their FAQ’s from grantees Posted on 5/7/20

Effects of COVID-19 on Public Transportation Posted on 5/7/20

Thank you public transit workers from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Posted on 5/5/20

Airlines To Require Face Masks Posted on 5/5/20

Texas coronavirus death toll rises to 884 Posted on 5/5/20

Coronavirus model projects 134,000 deaths in US, nearly double its last estimate Posted on 5/5/20

Weekly Updates: Issue 1, Week of May 4-10, 2020: COVID-19, Sanitizing, and more Posted on 5/1/20


Gov. Greg Abbott to let restaurants, movie theaters and malls open with limited capacity Friday May 1, 2020  Posted on 4/27/20

The businesses must limit occupancy to no more than 25%.

The Governor’s Report to Open Texas


In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on 4/23/20 that it will give transit agencies more time to meet the requirements of the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) regulation.


President Trump announced on Thursday, April 16, 2020 the White House’s plan for eventually rolling back social distancing measures and reopening the country’s economy in several phases — depending on location.

The plan calls for three phases to reopening the country, based on the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in each individual state or region.

Opening Up America Again Guidelines 

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Safety Advisory to Reduce Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Among Transit Employees & Passengers Posted on 4/14/20
United States Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker

Bus Operators and Transit Authorities – COVID-19 Guidance by Ohio Dept. of Health Posted on 4/14/20

CDC Issues New Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Posted in 4/9/20

Coronavirus Reveals Transit’s True Mission Posted on 4/8/20

Fiscal Year 2020 CARES Act Supplemental Public Transportation Apportionments and Allocations Posted on 4/2/20

Senate passes stimulus bill that includes $25 billion in emergency funding for transit agencies Posted on 3/26/20