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 Tuesday Update on Damage from Hurricane Irma (9/12)

September 12, 2017 

Dear APTA Member:

Hurricane Irma has caused massive power outages, flooding, and blocked rail lines and roads across Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. The APTA staff and I have been in contact with many of our public transit systems to offer support and discuss how we can be of assistance and I connected with Lisa Bacot, executive director of the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA). To see the current service status of the more than 45 agencies affected by Hurricane Irma, click here. Special thanks to Lisa for helping build this list.

Many of these transit systems are running low on fuel, and are having to operate facilities with temporary generators. These are difficult work conditions for our colleagues to balance while they begin to get back on their feet. 

The industry supported Texas transit agency employees after Hurricane Harvey hit. Now, we are joining with FPTA to donate gift cards to affected transit employees in Florida. They have a long way to go, so I hope we can count on your generosity once again. Please click here to learn more.

Public transit systems are currently evaluating Hurricane Harvey and Irma's damage, and will use the FEMA process to determine what is needed to get operations back to normal. This process will take weeks. You can learn more about FTA's involvement in relief efforts here and about the FEMA process here. APTA's Director of Security, Risk and Emergency Management Polly Hanson can be reached at​.

I am overwhelmed by our industry's generosity and continuing concern for those in the paths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Thank you for making the public transit industry such a great family to be a part of.


Richard A. White 
APTA Acting President & CEO  


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