Transport officials keep NYC moving

NEW YORK: To keep commuters informed, Ernesto Butcher, COO of the

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, sent out five press releases

the day the World Trade Center (WTC) buildings 1, 2, and 7 were


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey runs the bridges, tunnels,

airports, bus terminals, and NY-NJ PATH trains.

In his statements, Butcher announced the Port Authority's commitment to

locate more than 200 members of its staff unaccounted for, and gave

phone numbers for family members to locate loved ones who are Port

Authority employees.

New York City's Metro Transit Authority (MTA), which runs the city's

subways, issued an order less than an hour after hijacked planes downed

the twin towers to send all trains to yards or to secure trains in their

tunnels. Many MTA buses were also out of commercial service, their

banners flashing "Public Service" to announce their assistance in rescue


The evening of the crashes, MTA news came across televisions and radios

to alert commuters as to which subway routes would run in sections to

avoid passing through the WTC area, or were temporarily suspended.

The day after the attack, an MTA official said on local television that

as much normalcy as possible would fly in the face of the disruptive

terrorist actions.

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