APTA is delving deeper into the solutions for addressing the issue of homelessness at three upcoming sessions at APTA conferences in 2020:
People who are struggling with homelessness often rely on public transit vehicles or facilities as shelters from the weather and to stay safe. Unfortunately, this is a growing challenge for many transit agencies and can discourage travelers from using public trains and buses. To preserve the quality of the transit environment, transit agencies across the country are exploring ways in which to respectfully support and manage the homeless population and minimize adverse impacts to the traveling public. Some agencies have developed important new partnerships with law enforcement, social service agencies, and others to approach this issue in a more decisive and positive way.