Monday Update on Hurricane Irma
Dear APTA Member,
Hurricane Irma hammered Florida, Georgia, and the Southeastern U.S. this weekend and today, and people are still facing dangerous conditions. Millions were evacuated from their homes and many who sheltered in place are without electricity.
Public transportation systems were called into action and helped get residents to higher ground and into safer shelters, before enacting emergency plans to protect employees, buses, trains, ferries, and facilities. Our hats are off to all the transit employees who provided this vital service. The emergency planning and mobilization done by our industry keeps our communities safe and mobile in the face of natural disasters, like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
Below is a status update on many of the transit systems in the path of Hurricane Irma:
Miami-Dade Transit (FL)
Once roads are deemed clear, Metrobus will begin transporting shelter evacuees only. Currently, there is a county-wide curfew in effect from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am.
Palm Tran (FL)
There is no fixed-route service today, but service is scheduled to run tomorrow from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Palm Tran Connection is running recovery trips today, and will provide for essential trips tomorrow.
South Florida RTA (Tri-Rail)
Service remains suspended for today and crews are reviewing damage.
Broward County Transit (FL)
Service is suspended until further notice.
Lee County Transit (FL)
Will begin running service again when weather and safety allows.
Chatham Area Transit Authority (GA)
Is monitoring Hurricane Irma’s effects and will provide updates on restoring service.
Jacksonville Transportation Authority (FL)
Will resume paratransit service tomorrow for life sustaining trips. All other services continue to be suspended at this time.
Sumter County Transit (FL)
Updates coming soon.
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (FL)
Will resume service tomorrow on a Sunday service schedule.
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (FL)
All buses will be back in regular service tomorrow.
LYNX – Central Florida RTA
Is working to resume limited service on fixed-route and LYMMO once local curfews are lifted.
Sarasota County Area Transit (FL)
Will resume limited Sunday service tomorrow as it continues to assist with recovery efforts related to Hurricane Irma. Regular service will resume on Wednesday, September 13.
StarMetro – City of Tallahassee (FL)
Leon County has a curfew in place from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am.
Star Metro canceled operations today, but will be operating normal fixed route service tomorrow. Since Florida State University is closed, they will not be running the Seminole Express.
Public transit systems are now evaluating the Hurricane’s damage, and will use the FEMA process to determine what is needed to get operations back to normal. This process will take weeks. APTA’s Director of Security, Risk and Emergency Management Polly Hanson will remain in contact with the affected transit properties across the Southeastern United States. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can learn more about FTA’s involvement in relief efforts here
and about the FEMA process here
I will continue to update you on their efforts and needs. Please keep those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey in your thoughts as they begin their road to recovery.
Richard A. White
APTA Acting President & CEO