Developing a Transit Agency Response Plan to a Public Health Emergency


This standard covers the creation and implementation of a basic response plan to a public health emergency.

Document History
Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA SS-SEM-S-005-09 Rev. 2 05/28/2021 Published Current
APTA SS-SEM-S-005-09 Rev. 1 04/01/2013 Published Superseded


Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) prophylaxis, public health emergency, response, transit, virus


Once a local, state, or federal public health emergency (PHE) is declared or appears imminent, the Public Health Emergency Response Plan serves as a response framework for a transit agency. This plan will be used in conjunction with the COOP, EOP and any other agency specific emergency response standard operating procedures (SOPs) to provide comprehensive response planning. Transit agencies should consider determining the applicability of the various elements in this standard with regard to the requirements, plans and policies of their local health departments. Once the PHE Response Plan is prepared, the transit agency should provide it to the appropriate state and local agencies who have a need to know for coordination purposes.

​Get Involved

Want to participate in the development of this document? Join the Working Group or Learn More

Related Documents

​ ​​

Print Friendly, PDF & Email