APTA is focusing on the subject of persons who are homelessness at APTA conferences:
People who are struggling with homelessness often rely on public transit conveyances or facilities as shelters from the weather and to stay safe. This is a growing challenge for many transit agencies and impacts transit employees and passengers who use public transit trains and buses. Transit agencies across the country are exploring ways to respectfully support persons who are homeless and minimize impacts to transit employees and the traveling public. Agencies have developed important partnerships with law enforcement, social service agencies, mental health experts, advocates for persons who are homeless and others to approach this issue in a more positive way.