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The Department of Transportation and Public Works offers safety tips in preparation for Hurricane Irma

MIAMI (September 05, 2017)

In preparing for inclement weather conditions from Hurricane Irma, the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) offers tips to ensure transit riders and motorists stay safe.

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.

Keeping storm drains clear of debris
Grass clippings, leaves and other lawn debris can clog storm drains, which leads to street flooding. DTPW reminds landscapers and residents that they should not blow grass clippings onto streets and into the storm drainage system. Brochures have been posted on the DTPW’s Public Works website with information on how to properly handle and secure grass clippings. Blowing leaves and grass clippings onto sidewalks, streets and storm drains is considered littering and a violation of Miami-Dade County’s Code Section 15-6.

Ceasing Transit operations
Please 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.

Patrons are encouraged to register to receive Rider Alerts to staty informed 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 3-1-1 to speak with an agent.

Safety tips for Special Transportation Service patrons
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. To register, call 3-1-1 or contact the Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Evacuation Assistance

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.