Evacuees Urged To Use Bus System

Evacuees Urged To Use Bus System

Evacuees are urged to use the bus system due to the number of evacuees flooding into the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery center on South Broadway Avenue.City officials are asking evacuees to carpool or use the bus system to reduce traffic.

The Center, at 2301 S. Broadway Ave. in the Off Broadway Shopping Center, is designed to help evacuees of both the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita disasters. The Center is designed as a central location for evacuees in East Texas to apply for federal resources. Due to the number of evacuees still in the area, City officials are urging them to use available bus service.

Tyler Transit is offering a new, more convenient way to ride the bus. Starting today, customers can purchase a pass at the transit office that will allow them to ride an unlimited number of times for 30 days. "These passes benefit the customers by allowing them to receive a slight discount on the daily fare," said Norman Schenck, Tyler Transit general manager. "The new passes also benefit Tyler Transit by streamlining our accounting procedures each day."

The price for the pass is $30, which would save a person who currently rides the bus to and from work each day approximately $3 per 30-day period. Tyler Transit currently offers a half-fare for persons with disabilities who are certified in the Tyler Transit system and who have an identification card, as well as for citizens 65 years of age or older.

The half-fare for the new pass would be $15 for 30 days. The passes are available for purchase at the Tyler Transit office, 210 E. Oakwood.

The City of Tyler's red line runs buses up and down Broadway every 80 minutes. FEMA's disaster relief center is open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. , seven days a week. To receive up to $2,000 per family, evacuees from both hurricanes must first register with FEMA either over the Internet at www.fema.gov or by calling these numbers: FEMA Registration 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) Hearing Impaired 1-800-462-7585