Masks Required: Federal Mandate Extended
Update: Please be aware that as of Tuesday, May 19, 2022,
masks are now optional while riding The Rapid.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires masks while riding on public transportation – regardless of vaccination status. As such, all customers* are required to wear masks/coverings while on The Rapid’s buses or platform or while in other buildings or facilities owned and operated by The Rapid.
TSA's statement regarding face mask use on public transportation:
"At CDC's recommendation, TSA will extend the Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs for 15 days through May 3, 2022. CDC continues to monitor the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, especially the BA.2 subvariant that now makes up more than 85% of U.S. cases. Since early April 2022, there have been increases in the 7-day moving average of COVID-19 cases in the United States. During the 15-day extension period, CDC will assess the potential impact the recent rise of COVID-19 cases has on severe disease, including hospitalizations, deaths, and healthcare system capacity. TSA will continue to coordinate closely with CDC and communicate any changes to this requirement with the public. (TSA Statement - April 13, 2022)
Thank you for your continued patience and for keeping your fellow riders and Rapid staff safe
*Per federal mandate, masks/face covers are not required for children under the age of two, or for those who are unable to medically tolerate the use of one.