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 Tuesday Update on Recovery from Hurricane Harvey (9/5)

September 5, 2017

Good Afternoon APTA Member, 

Recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana are moving forward, and we want to share with you the progress being made so far. Many public transit agencies in the areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey are back up and running regular routes, and others outside the storm’s immediate path are providing additional resources to assist evacuees and fellow members of our transit family. Below is a round-up of the latest information, and a reminder of how you can help now, and in the weeks to come.

The following systems had partial or complete service suspensions last week, but are now providing regular service via rail, bus, and paratransit: 
Harris County (Houston) Metro
•Port Arthur Transit
Fort Bend County Public Transit

Other systems in the region are using their transit assets to help storm survivors and limit the effects of the hurricane:
•Today, San Antonio’s VIA Metropolitan Transit is providing free service on all bus routes and scheduled paratransit service, due to a temporary fuel shortage at the region’s gas stations.
•Dallas Area Rapid Transit is providing shuttle service to connect evacuees and volunteers to shelters. DART is also working with the city of Dallas to distribute passes to evacuees. Staff have been volunteering at some of the shelters and collecting supplies for people in Houston.
•Capital Metro in Austin delivered flood relief supplies for impacted transit employees and bused in Austin police officers to assist the Houston Police Department.

Reminder on how you can help:
Regarding offering help to the systems, the impacted agencies are following the FEMA process in assessing their needs and in seeking assistance. This will take time. Polly Hanson, APTA’s director of Security, Risk and Emergency Management, is in contact with the affected transit properties. She can be reached at phanson@apta.com. You can learn more about FTA’s involvement in Harvey relief efforts here and about the FEMA process here.  

If you would like to help members of the transit family now, APTA is partnering with the Texas Transit Association and the South West Transit Association to provide gift cards to transit employees who have lost their homes and belongings. 

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
    
The generosity that has been shown toward Hurricane Harvey survivors is incredible. Thank you for continuing to support the people and transit systems on the Gulf Coast. 

APTA is also monitoring Hurricane Irma and will provide updates on storm impacts to public transit. 

Sincerely,

Richard A. White 
APTA Acting President & CEO 

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