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Houston’s Transit Agency Tallies Up Damages After Harvey

Metro is hoping to recoup some of the losses it suffered during the historic floods.


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Light rail trains and pedestrians outside Metro’s downtown offices.

In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Metro buses were used to transport people to the George R. Brown Convention Center and NRG Park. A few days later bus service was restored.
But Metro CEO Tom Lambert says they did have some flood damage, like at the Kashmere Transit Facility. They also had to check the systems that operate the HOV lanes.

"A lot of those things are electronic, with electronic signage," explains Lambert. "They're like traffic control boxes that will work the gates and all that. So we took in some water there."

Now Lambert says they're trying to get a final dollar amount on their damages.

"We'll work through the FEMA process," adds Lambert. "We'll also work through the Federal Transit Administration. They have an emergency relief process that they go through in partnership with FEMA."

As part of the assessment process, Lambert says Metro staff is also looking at what they can do to mitigate damage from any future weather events.

And what about Metro ridership after the floods? Lambert says it's back to pre-Harvey levels and they're also seeing an uptick on the park-and-ride buses.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

News Anchor

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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