METRO's Evacuee Relief Role

September 9, 2005

Houston METRO is offering support to refugees from Hurricane Katrina. METRO's current efforts include:

  • A program begun Wednesday in cooperation with Continental Airlines in which METRO runs shuttles from Reliant Park to Bush Intercontinental Airport for evacuees who are relocating to other areas. The service runs from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and utilizes METROLift vans, regular buses, and some of the four GM Hybrid buses donated by GM/Allison. There were 14 trips between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. Friday.
  • Expanded shuttle service from Reliant Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center to area hospitals. Seventeen METROLift vans and their METRO operators are providing the service on a 24-hour basis under the coordination of the METRO Police Department.
  • Transportation, in cooperation with the New Orleans Housing Authority and the Houston Mayor's Office, for evacuees moving to temporary housing in Galveston. Fourteen trips have been made since Monday, transporting approximately 600 evacuees.