Department of Transportation and Public Works offers safety tips for severe weather conditions

Because we don’t know exactly what the hurricane season will bring this year, the Department of Transportation and Public Works offered some safety tips for transit riders and drivers in case that severe weather conditions will occur.

During intense windy conditions, transit passengers are urged to follow these rules while waiting for a Metrorail or Metromover train, they should:

• Avoid standing at the edge of the platform;

• Collaborate with security officers and transit personnel. For the wellbeing of benefactors, security officers or travel staff may hold supporters on the lower level of a station when wind blasts are excessively solid.

Patrons are likewise urged to register to get Rider Alerts to be kept up to date with the most recent travel overhauls. In the case that service should be briefly suspended because of declining of climate conditions, DTPW will send Rider Alerts, and advise its riders through its social media platforms like Facebook and Tweeter, and in addition, on the Department’s website and application.

Transit passengers additionally 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 talk with a specialist.

During serious storm conditions, drivers are encouraged to stay off the streets as much as possible. The individuals who must drive, should be sure that their vehicle equipment, for example, brake lights and wipers, is working properly. Also be sure that you have proper tires for driving on wet roads.

Furthermore, drivers are encouraged to pay full attention while driving in flooded areas. Driving through high water may block your vehicle’s engine causing more damage. Drivers should seek alternate routes whenever possible.