Coordination of Transit Agenciesí Offers of Assistance in Response to Hurricane Katrina
REGION 10 BULLETIN NO: 05-10
SUBJECT: Coordination of Transit Agenciesí Offers of Assistance in Response to Hurricane Katrina
PROGRAM AREA: Program Management-Safety and Security
DATE: September 6, 2005
Over the course of the last several days, many transit agencies have indicated their willingness to assist in efforts associated with the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina. FTA has been requested to reach out to you to capture information that will assist in providing much needed service to those affected areas and citizens. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has indicated that there are many transit agencies that are waiting for information on where to forward this information. The purpose of this bulletin is to transmit a survey of Transit Agencies for assistance in related to Hurricane Katrina.
If you are able to provide services in either or both of the following two categories, we are requesting that you inform us of the amount and timing of the assistance that can be provided:
- Able to provide buses (and drivers) to transit agencies/state DOTís who have an increased demand to provide transit due to disaster circumstances, or who have destroyed assets that they need to replace on a temporary basis.
- Able to provide buses (and drivers) to assist in the distribution of persons evacuated from the disaster areas, after reaching their relocation destination (unknown at this time, but could be deploying buses to places such as Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, etc)
FTA is working hard to ensure that these costs can be reimbursed, either with FTA or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds. Following preliminary replies to this inquiry, and if we successfully secure other funds to support the effort are likely to inquire on specific estimates of costs and number of vehicles to provide this service. Accordingly, the sooner you can provide the information the better. Further, the more complete the information, the more credible our request.
Please provide a response to this bulletin to Michael.Williams@dot.gov as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding this bulletin, please call Michael at (206) 220-7521.