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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL-13)

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement on House passage of two pro-transit worker protection amendments he offered to H.R. 2, the “Moving Forward Act.”

The Moving Forward Act is a $1.5 trillion legislative package investing in modern, sustainable infrastructure that will create millions of good-paying jobs, combat the climate crisis, and address disparities in urban, suburban, and rural communities across Florida and throughout the country.

The bill now includes two Crist amendments to protect transportation workers from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Specifically, Crist’s amendments require that transit agencies work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC to develop and implement infectious disease prevention strategies, minimizing transit workers exposure to COVID-19. The amendments passed on a 229-189 vote.

“During this global pandemic, the People’s House has been hard at work to create good-paying American jobs, update America’s crumbling infrastructure, and set a course for a strong economic and public health recovery. The Moving Forward Act would build and repair roads, bridges, schools, ports, airports, and the energy grid across the nation, ushering in a cleaner, greener, more efficient transportation system,” said Rep. Crist. “I’m proud that the bill includes my policy proposals to maintain the health and well-being of our transit workers, guaranteeing them the personal protective equipment they need to safely do their jobs and curb the spread of COVID and other infectious diseases.”

“Now, more than ever, the safety and health of our dedicated frontline transit employees and the thousands of essential workers they transport daily is our highest priority. On behalf of more than 600 Pinellas County professional transit employees, we want to thank Congressman Crist for his amendments this week to emphasize the need to include issues related to pandemics and other public health crises in health safety plans for public transportation systems,” said Brad Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA). “We are thankful that we can count on a great federal partner in Congressman Crist to get us through this pandemic and in looking to the future.” 

“All of the transportation systems across the country were woefully unprepared for the pandemic,” said Transport Workers Union International President, John Samuelsen. “The TWU applauds Rep. Crist’s legislation which will ensure that our public transit systems have a plan to keep workers and riders safe if this happens again.”