Transit Could Play Stronger Role in Emergencies, Officials Say

Cho, Aileen
October 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;10/10/2005, Vol. 255 Issue 14, p12
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the American Public Transportation Association's annual conference and triannual exposition held in Dallas, Texas during September 25-28. Bill Millar, president of the Association, said that the massive traffic jams heading out of Houston as residents attempted to flee Hurricane Rita show that more planning work needs to be done. Gary Thomas, president of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system (DART), noted that DART carried 450 evacuees on freight rail tracks from the Houston area to Dallas. Overall, transit officials were savoring the $52.6 billion in federal funding allotted to transit over six years while pondering the changes in new legislation for construction and rising fuel prices.


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