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 How to Help Public Transit Systems Affected by Hurricane Harvey

August 30, 2017
 
Update on Hurricane Harvey

Dear APTA member, 

We continue to monitor the impact of Hurricane Harvey on public transit systems in Texas and Louisiana, and offer the industry’s support and assistance in their recovery efforts. 

Many of you have asked how you can help personally – as well as what your organization can do – to help our transit family deal with the unimaginable challenges they face. APTA is partnering with the Texas Transit Association (TTA) and South West Transit Association (SWTA) in their efforts. 

Here’s what you can do right now:

•Buy gift cards and Meredith Greene, executive director of TTA will deliver them to the transit systems affected so agencies can distribute them directly to employees in need. Send gift cards to: TEXAS Harvey Relief, TTA, ATTN: Meredith Greene, 106 E 6th Street, Suite 900, Austin, TX 78701. (Please make certain the card does not have additional fees the recipient must pay).

•Cash donations will not be accepted by TTA and SWTA, but consider a donation to the American Red Cross. 

In regards to assisting transit systems get back in operation, many are still assessing their needs. They will be following the FEMA process outlined here. The 10 FTA Regional Offices will work with local transit officials in emergencies and disasters to facilitate access to resources through FEMA, Emergency Support Function 1 (Transportation), or an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). 

Right now, Fort Bend County Transit is seeking an experienced operations manager at its emergency operations center as well as 10 operators with CDL licenses. Paulette Shelton, executive director, can be reached by phone or text at 409-771-0273. 

Please continue to keep our transit family in Texas and Louisiana in your thoughts. They have been working 24/7 preparing for and dealing with the storm. They are continuing to serve a critical role in evacuating stranded residents at the same time they are personally dealing with the storm’s effects on them and their families. 

Our thanks to Kristen Joyner, executive director of SWTA and Meredith Greene of TTA for all their work in coordinating assistance locally. 

We will continue to keep you informed of any recovery assistance the industry can provide.    

Sincerely,

Richard A. White 
APTA Acting President & CEO 
 

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