After a storm, it can take a while before public transit and airlines return to service.
Buses can usually begin running on main routes as soon as debris is cleared from roads. Call (561) 841-4287 or (877) 930-4287.
Tri-Rail might take longer. Safety gates must be reinstalled. If power is out at stations and rail crossings, trains can’t operate.
For updates, check the Tri-Rail Web site, www.tri-rail.com, or call (800) 874-7245.
Tri-Rail has offered to work with emergency operation officials to move people in and out of South Florida.
The state is beefing up its supply of generators to operate signals — at rail crossings and major roadway intersections — after a storm, so delays should not be as severe as in past years.
Air travelers: Call airlines to find out schedules. For information on Palm Beach International Airport, call (561) 471-7420.
Transit service ends when sustained winds near tropical storm force as the hurricane approaches.
Tri-Rail maintenance crews begin removing safety gates at more than 70 crossings when sustained winds hit 35 mph. Gates can snap in high winds. Without safety protection, trains can’t operate at normal speeds.
Palm Tran pulls buses off routes when sustained winds top 40 mph. Its buses and paratransit vans, however, might still be used to help ferry elderly and disabled people to shelters.
Airports: The terminal will close when airlines determine it is no longer safe to fly. Airlines will stop travel into the region when a warning of sustained winds reaching 40 mph to 50 mph has been issued. But most airlines will have stopped flying their planes into the region many hours before that.