U.S. DOT to distribute cloth facial coverings to America’s transportation workforce

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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Today, the Trump Administration 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.

“Transportation workers are on the frontlines of keeping our transportation systems operational during this public health emergency and their wellbeing and safety is paramount,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (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 (FEMA) will be sent out over the coming weeks through the U.S. Postal Service.

Distribution of Cloth Facial Coverings:

Mass Transit and Passenger Rail 4.8 million
Aviation 3.8 million
Maritime 2.4 million
Freight Rail 2.2 million
Highway and Motor Carrier 2.1 million
Pipeline Systems 258,000


In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, the focus at 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. A comprehensive list of DOT actions is available at transportation.gov/coronavirus.

A U.S. Department of Transportation news release.

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