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Hertz Providing Free Vehicle Rentals to NYC Healthcare Workers

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To help the efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Hertz announced it would provide free vehicle rentals to New York City healthcare workers through April 30.

Starting Wednesday, healthcare workers can reserve a vehicle at one of the 19 New York City-area Hertz locations to keep providing critical care to the community. The car rental company is also working with Mount Sinai Health System to make vehicles immediately available to its employees.

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“Mount Sinai Health System and our community of physicians, nurses, trainees, students and other health care professionals are working tirelessly to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” Mount Sinai Health System President Kenneth L. Davis, MD said in a statement. “We thank Hertz and the growing number of community and business organizations who have pledged their support during this critical time.”

Hertz is also supplying free cargo van rentals to medical facilities to transport ventilators and other medical supplies to aid in the fight against the viral outbreak. The official website of the car rental company has more information for qualifying healthcare workers in NYC.

“With New York City having the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, healthcare workers are dealing with extremely challenging circumstances,” Hertz President and CEO Kathryn Marinello said. “It’s vital that healthcare workers have safe and reliable transportation during this time, and we are eager to help.”

“The dramatic decrease in travel means we have more vehicles to serve the most critical needs of the community,” Marinello continued. “We’re starting in New York City with healthcare workers and we’ll continue to see how we can help during this crisis. It gives all of us at Hertz a sense of purpose and pride to lend our support as much as we can during this very difficult time.”

In addition, Hertz is providing vehicles to disaster response organization, Team Rubicon, which is providing assistance through delivery services for food-insecure populations and coordinating support for those in temporary quarantine.

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TSA to Enhance Security Training for Railroads, Buses and More

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently issued a new final rule requiring higher-risk surface transportation providers to provide security training for some employees in an important move that fulfills multiple congressional mandates.

While typically associated with aviation, TSA’s new rule—which was published in the Federal Register on March 23—will not affect airlines but select railroads, public transportation systems and over-the-road buses.

Given the various challenges faced amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the effective date has been delayed by two months to 90 days from the date of publication, TSA said, meaning it’s scheduled to take effect in late June.

“The rule is intended to solidify the baseline of security for higher-risk surface transportation operations and sustain a commitment to ensuring employees within higher-risk surface systems and operations are prepared to help prevent a terrorist act and mitigate the consequences,” TSA stated.

“Preparing and training these employees to observe, assess and respond to anomalies, threats and incidents provides an important and effective tool for averting or mitigating potential attacks by terrorists or others with malicious intent that may target surface transportation.”

Examples of additional TSA surface transportation security initiatives include Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams to combat potential terrorist activities as well as grant programs that support surface transportation risk-reduction or mitigation measures with the help of federal funding, among others.

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