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Transit safety tips in preparation for Hurricane Irma
September 5, 2017 — Transportation and Public Works

During windy conditions, transit passengers are encouraged to remember that while waiting for a Metrorail or Metromover train, they should:

  • Avoid standing at the edge of the platform.
  • Provide security officers and transit personnel their full cooperation.

For the safety of patrons, security officers or transit personnel may hold patrons on the lower level of a station when wind gusts are too strong.

Tips for Special Transportation Service riders

When Miami-Dade County issues an evacuation order, STS will provide certified riders with a one-way trip to a shelter. STS will not provide shopping trips during an emergency. If you plan to go to a public evacuation center and need assistance with daily living because of a medical condition or disability, contact the Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management to register for a Special Needs Center. This program offers transportation and is available to STS and non-STS certified persons.

Driving during stormy conditions

During severe storm conditions, motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads as much as possible. Those who must drive, should make sure their vehicle equipment, such as brake lights and wipers, is working properly. Proper tire tread depth and inflation also are important in ensuring good traction on wet roads. Also, be sure to fill up your vehicle's gas tank early to avoid long lines.

In addition, drivers are strongly encouraged to be careful while driving in flooded areas. Attempting to drive through high water may stall the vehicle’s engine and cause further damage. Motorists should seek alternate routes whenever possible.

Ceasing Transit operations

Be aware that Miami-Dade Transit, including Special Transportation Service, will begin to cease operations and evacuations three hours prior the estimated arrival of tropical storm force winds (of sustained winds of 39 miles per hour) to Miami-Dade County.

  • Visit the County's Emergency website for the latest information on Transit services.
Visit the Emergency website

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