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CAT Operations Impacted by Hurricane Michael
Posted on October 10, 2018
Buses, vans and water ferry will temporarily stop service tonight & Thursday
Savannah, GA—Due to inclement weather, the Chatham Area Transit (CAT) Authority’s buses, paratransit vans and water ferries will not operate Wednesday night or Thursday.
The system’s transit buses departing the downtown JM Rivers, Jr. intermodal transit center between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. will make their last outbound trips of the day. All buses, CAT Mobility vehicles and the water ferries will stop service by 8 p.m.
Hurricane Michael, which has developed into a strong Category 4 hurricane, has reached the Florida Panhandle. As a result, Savannah and Chatham County may experience high winds, gust, and potential tornadic activity tonight and tomorrow.
“We must cancel operations tonight and tomorrow because of high winds and possible tornadic activity. We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience. The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority,” Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Curtis Koleber said.
“With the height of the vehicles in our fleet, strong winds and gusts can easily cause them to rollover,” Koleber added. “And, potential flooding in low-lying areas, downed-power lines, and debris can create hazardous driving conditions for our professional bus operators.”
CAT officials are requesting the media’s assistance in getting information disseminated to the public. The service change information also is being posted on
the transit authority’s website, catchacat.org, social media channels and shared with local emergency management officials.
CAT’s leadership team and operations supervisors will continue to review and evaluate National Hurricane Center reports and roadway conditions, and decide on Thursday when all operations will resume.
Customers should watch for media alerts on local television stations, follow CAT on twitter @ChathamTransit or call Customer Service Ride Line at (912) 233-5767, or temporary emergency phone numbers (912) 629-3967, (912) 629-3952, or (912) 629-3914.