White Paper

Cleaning and Disinfecting Transit Vehicles and Facilities During a Contagious Virus Pandemic


This white paper discusses current industry practices for cleaning and disinfecting transit vehicles and facilities in response to a pandemic virus. This document will be updated as new information is made available.

Document History

Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA SS-ISS-WP-001-20 Rev. 1 10/18/2021 Published Current
APTA SS-ISS-WP-001-20 06/22/2020 Published Superseded


cleaning, contagious virus, COVID-19, disinfecting, facilities, pandemic virus, SARS-CoV-2, transit agency, vehicles


This white paper is designed to aid transit agencies in the development of viral pandemic response programs for maintenance, cleaning and disinfecting their vehicles and facilities. Transit agencies should consider whether and how the various elements in this white paper apply to their own requirements, plans and policies, and local health departments and regulations. Once a transit agency drafts a cleaning and disinfecting program, it should consider sharing it with the local health department and other stakeholders for review and comment before issuing a final document.

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Related Documents

NOTE: This document is part of APTA’s Toolbox for agencies in their recovery and restoration of service. Other documents in the toolbox are listed in the Reference section.

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