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Department of Transportation and Public Works offers
safety tips during storm winds

MIAMI (August 27, 2016)

In preparing for possible severe weather conditions, the Department of Transportation and Public Works offers tips to ensure transit riders and motorists stay safe.

During strong 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.

Patrons are also encouraged to register to receive Rider Alerts to be kept abreast of the latest transit updates. If service needs to be temporarily suspended due to worsening of weather conditions, DTPW will send out Rider Alerts, and inform its riders through its social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter), as well as the Department’s website and app.

Transit users also can call 305-891-3131, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to speak with an agent.

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 is important in ensuring good traction on wet roads.

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.