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Posted on: March 11, 2022

[ARCHIVED] TSA Extends Public Transportation Mask Mandate

Mask up

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-March 11, 2022-The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is extending the federal requirements that travelers wear masks on public transportation and transportation hubs including airplanes, at airports, on trains, and buses through April 18, 2022. 

The announcement extends the mandate, which was set to expire on March 18, for one month. During that time, CDC will work with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework for when, and under what circumstances, masks should be required in the public transportation corridor. This revised framework will be based on the COVID-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data, and the latest science. 

Under the safety directive, all passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask while riding the Steamboat Springs Transit (SST) free local bus, regional coach, and Yellow Zone. Masks should be on before boarding the bus. SST is a public transportation system serving the City of Steamboat Springs and Northwest Colorado.

“We’re seeing increased ridership and really appreciate everyone’s help in following the mask order,” said Transit Manager Jonathan Flint. “The driver’s job is hard enough especially in wintry operating conditions, so please don’t make it any harder than it has to be for our drivers.” 

A properly worn mask covers the nose and mouth and should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. In addition, the CDC requirements state: 

  • Cloth masks should be made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source).
  • Mask should be secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind the head. If gaiters are worn, they should have two layers of fabric or be folded to make two layers.
  • Mask should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures.

All buses undergo electrostatic disinfecting daily on top of sanitizing high touch areas after every loop. This revolutionary technology, releases electrostatically charged droplets which create an electric field adhering to surfaces. In addition, paratransit vehicles are cleaned between customers and regional and local buses have drivers disinfecting high touch areas between each loop. 


Jonathan Flint, Transit Manager, 970.879.3717 or email
Tyler Kern, Operations Manager, 970.879.3717 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email

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