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 APTA CEO Update on Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2017
 
Thursday Update on Hurricane Harvey

Dear APTA member, 

There’s a bit of good news to report related to Hurricane Harvey.  

Today, Corpus Christi RTA resumed operating regular service, and Metro (Harris County) began limited local bus service and limited rail service on the Red Line. MetroRail Green and Purple lines remain suspended until further notice. 

Both are providing medically necessary transportation on their ADA services.  

Fort Bend County Public Transportation service is suspended and resumption of normal service for September 5, will depend upon the ability of vehicles to operate safely.  

Port Arthur Transit remains out of service, but their vehicles are being used for emergency evacuations and to transport medical personnel. GM Ron McElhose tells APTA that "98% of my drivers are in the shelters but I do have many coming in to help out." 

Other systems-- particularly along the coast-- remain out of service. 

Polly Hanson, APTA’s Director of Security, Risk and Emergency Management, is in contact with the affected transit systems, and APTA will continue to provide updates and information on assistance being sought.   She can be reached at phanson@apta.com.   

With regard to offering help, the impacted systems will follow the FEMA process in assessing their needs and in seeking assistance, and the FTA regional offices will work to help facilitate resources from other systems.  This process will take place over the next few weeks.   

If you would like to help members of the Transit Family, here’s what you can do. 

APTA is partnering with the Texas Transit Association (TTA) and South West Transit Association (SWTA) to help our fellow colleagues who have lost their homes and their belongings. 

TTA and SWTA are seeking gift cards that they can distribute to the agencies, for their employees in need.  Please send the gift cards to Meredith Greene, executive director of TTA  at: 

TEXAS Harvey Relief
Texas Transit Association
Attn. Meredith Greene
106 E. 6th Street, Suite 900
Austin, TX 78701
 
We continue to send our thoughts and concerns to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. It is going to be a long recovery for many of them, and they are going to need our continued assistance.    

Sincerely, 
Richard A. White 
APTA Acting President & CEO



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