Commute With Confidence

A Return to Work Guide for Commuters During COVID-19

Use this guide to help plan a safer commute as you return to work. Included are tips on what you can do to keep yourself safe during your commute, as well as information on what area transportation providers are doing to make shared commuting as safe as possible.

Also view our Information for Commuters page to discover what commuting options could be available.

What You Can Do to Stay Safe

Consider Telework

Telecommuting is a great option that eliminates the need for a commute. View resources to ensure teleworking is successful.

If Your Trip to Work Is Necessary, We Recommend The Following

Create A Plan to Help Reduce Your Exposure To COVID-19

  • Avoid travel during peak hours. Try leaving earlier or later when traffic congestion and overcrowding may be minimal.
  • Do not travel to work while sick. Follow established guidelines provided by your employer and transportation provider concerning when to return.

Protect Your Health and That of Others

  • Keep up with the Centers for Disease Control and local health department recommendations concerning personal protection.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. This applies to everyone, even if you are vaccinated.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds before entering and exiting a vehicle. If this isn’t possible, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Take Additional Precautions Based on Your Mode Of Travel

#SitSafe partners are prioritizing the health and safety of public transit riders within the region and making preparations for their return.

  • Consider wearing a breathable mask (and gloves for crosswalks and doors).
  • Stay two arm lengths away from others.
  • Carry sanitizer.
  • If possible, use larger vehicles to encourage social distancing.
  • Reduce the number of passengers in the vehicle to maintain social distancing, ideally no more than one passenger per row and stagger passengers left to right.
  • Disinfect frequently used surfaces in the vehicle with an EPA or CDC approved disinfectant.
  • Carry sanitizer.
  • Turn on the fresh air setting. Do not recirculate the air. Let down the windows.
  • While you are out, think about other necessary trips you can combine to limit exposure to COVID-19.
  • Disinfect frequently used surfaces in the vehicle with an EPA or CDC approved disinfectant.

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