The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced millions of cloth facial coverings will be sent to workers in critical sectors of America’s economy. Approximately 15.5 million will be sent to the nation’s transportation workforce.
The U.S. DOT, alongside U.S. the Department of Homeland Security, has been working with states, industries, and stakeholders to ensure that transportation workers receive the support they need. The cloth facial coverings secured by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sent out over the coming weeks through the U.S. Postal Service.
The distribution of cloth facial coverings includes 4.8 million for mass transit and passenger rail, as well as 2.1 million for highway and motor carriers.
In response to COVID-19 public health emergency, the focus at U.S. DOT has been keeping transportation systems safe and operational so America’s economy can come back strong. Response measures have included stakeholder outreach and guidance, expanded federal financial assistance, and regulatory relief.