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Transportation tips for hurricane season in case of an evacuation

If you are in need of evacuating, but don't have transportation of your own, the first thing you need to do is locate your nearest bus stop.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — There are many things to consider when it comes to making sure you're prepared for a hurricane. One of those is having reliable transportation if the need arises to evacuate. The City of Corpus Christi has you covered.

According to the Corpus Christi Emergency Management Team, if you are in need of evacuating, but don't have transportation of your own, the first thing you need to do is locate your nearest bus stop.

"For people who can't leave the city, if an evac is called for their area, all anyone needs to do is catch their nearest bus stop," emergency management coordinator Billy Delgado said. 

Delgado said the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority will pick up anyone from those spots who want to get out of town for no charge. 

"They can bring their pets, their luggage," Delgado said. "Within the bus routes, there is buses to take them straight to the evac hub which is the CC natatorium." 

Rita Patrick, Marketing Director for RTA, said once the EOC is activated or a hurricane is on its way, RTA will automatically suspend their fares, and allow evacuees to travel to their transfer stations from any bus stop. 

"Here in Corpus, we have the one at Staples Center, one across the street from the mall, another one at Port Ayers and then a mini transfer station in the Robstown area," Patrick said. 

According to Patrick, they even provide this service to those rural areas in need of evacuation such as Agua Dulce, Banquette, Bishop, Driscoll, Gregory and San Patricio. 

Patrick said once wind powers reach 34mph or water levels become unsafe for their buses, they will suspend services, but try to begin the evacuation process as early as possible. 

"We just want to encourage people that there is no reason that you have to stay in Corpus Christi," Patrick said.  

Delgado said they will be following COVID-19 protocols at the evacuation centers by providing masks and socially distancing.

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