America Under Threat:
Transit Responds To Terrorism
September 11, 2001
Supplement to Passenger Transport
S p e c i a l R e p o r t
T h e W e e k l y N e w s p a p e r o f t h e P u b l i c T r a n s p o r t a t i o n I n d u s t r y
The public transportation industry is in the forefront when it comes to keeping
communities moving. Seldom has that been more evident than in the aftermath
of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Septem-
ber 11, 2001.
Public transportation again proved it is in a unique position to respond quickly and fill
a critical public service role in communities throughout North America. Transit systems in
the United States and Canada, led by those in the New York City and Washington, DC,
areas, stepped up to meet the challenge.
Transit operators provided direct assistance to ground zero sites in New York City and
Washington, including evacuations from affected areas, relocation of bus and rail stops,
and emergency transportation of rescue workers and materials.
When office buildings were shut down and airliners were grounded, public transit again
demonstrated its role in the national defense. Systems stepped in immediately to deliver
people where they needed to go.
Public transit’s integral role in building and sustaining communities was clearly estab-
lished as agencies conducted outreach efforts, such as special service to blood donation
sites; relief fund collections; free rides to help stimulate local economies; provisions for
transit workers called into active military duty; and rides for workers laid off in the after-
math of the attacks.
Public transportation agencies touched the lives of many and, in the following pages,
they tell their stories.
Produced by the staff of
Photo by Michael Rosenthal, New Jersey Transit
New York City Region
T r a n s i t R e s p o n d s T o T e r r o r i s m
O ne month after Sept. 11, the Port
Authority Trans-Hudson Corpora-
tion was busy carrying 210,000 rid-
ers each weekday. Most people do