Public Transportation Superheros

A Team Effort Across the SWTA Nation

New Equipment, Temporary Office
New Equipment, Temporary Office

The SWTA Nation came together to bring relief to small transit agencies affected by Hurricane Harvey. Sunday, September 3rd donations were gathered and delivered to Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission (Victoria Transit) in Victoria, TX. Items including an all-in-one copier/printer, ink, cork board, dry erase board, other office items, water and personal care items.

Wednesday, September 6th donations were gathered and delivered to Port Arthur, TX. Items included many cases of water, a great selection of new clothes and personal care items.

Some donations were hand delivered while others placed orders at a local Walmart and were taken to CARTS for staging using Capital Metro’s transit vehicles. Chariot Transit provided transportation for the items from CARTS to Victoria, TX.

Houston Metro
Houston Metro

Donations were received from:
Valley Metro
Capital METRO

Volunteer Coordinators:

Chariot Transit
Chariot Transit

Dottie Watkins, Capital METRO
Tom Grantham, CARTS
Evan Stafford, Chariott Transit (FORD Motor)
Jameson Auten, KCATA
Kristen Roberts, Valley Metro
Colten Walle, BraunAbility
Shawna Russell, Independent Contractor

VIA Metropolitan Transit: Provides Free Service to Hurricane Evacuees

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 29, 2017) - VIA Metropolitan Transit announced it will continue to provide free public transportation to Hurricane Harvey evacuees who are in emergency shelters in San Antonio and Bexar County. Passengers are asked to show their shelter-issued wristbands in order to access the free service and may travel anywhere within VIA’s service area.

Throughout the severe weather event, VIA provided vehicles to support evacuation deployment plans, including transporting emergency staff and evacuees arriving in San Antonio. VIA began offering complimentary service Thursday, August 24, to guests in shelters operated by The Office of Emergency Management. The agency maintained regular service with minimal disruptions as effects from Hurricane Harvey stayed to the east of San Antonio.

Capital Metro: Increases Service at Mega Shelter

AUSTIN, Texas - Starting last weekend, Capital Metro added increased service to and from the mega shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees. The agency installed a temporary bus stop at the MetCenter in Southeast Austin, and will increase frequency of Route 228 to serve the shelter location.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 4, Capital Metro will increase weekday service to and from the mega shelter, doubling frequency on Route 228. The bus will arrive at the shelter every 17 minutes between 5.30 a.m. and 10.30 p.m.
Capital Metro will also provide four months of free paratransit services to Hurricane Harvey evacuees with a disability that prevents them from riding the bus. Read More

Dallas Area Rapid Transit


Dallas Area Rapid Transit is providing shuttle service in key areas to connect evacuees and volunteers to shelters. Photo is from Love Field where they picked up evacuees flown in by the Texas Air National Guard. They are also working with the city of Dallas to distribute passes to evacuees. Their staff has been volunteering at some of the shelters and collecting supplies for people in the affected areas.

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Assistance Given:

Gift cards were given by:

  • AFSCME Local 3624, Los Angeles, CA - $10,000
  • Alphavu
  • 26 Anonymous Gifts
  • APTA Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG)
  • APTA Staff & Members - $8000
  • BART
  • CATS Baton Rouge
  • Charles McGraw (RYDE Nebraska)
  • Ecolane
  • Emily W. (Anonymous)
  • Florida Public Transit Association
  • Frauscher
  • Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority
  • INIT
  • Jonnie Kusek (Panhandle Trails NE)
  • Keolis
  • MetroTransit (Minneapolis)
  • Miller Family
  • PTG International See Letter
  • Denver RTD, Legal Services Division
  • RTA Chicago
  • San Jose Transit See Letter
  • Santa Clarita Transit
  • Stadler
  • Tri-Met
  • Valley Metro
  • Valley Metro Rail
  • Virginia Transit Association
  • Westmatic

Donations were given by:

  • BraunAbility, Kansas City, KS
  • Capital METRO, Austin, TX
  • CARTS, Austin, TX
  • CATS, Baton Rouge, LA
  • KCATA, Kansas City, MO
  • Valley Metro, Phoenix, AZ

Volunteer coordinators for donation delivery:

  • Colton Walle, BraunAbility
  • Dottie Watkins, Capital METRO
  • Evan Stafford, Chariot Transit (FORD Motor)
  • Jameson Auten, KCATA
  • Kristen Roberts, Valley Metro
  • Shawna Russell, Independent Contractor
  • Tom Grantham, CARTS

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