SamTrans and Caltrain will join transit agencies across the United States in a “Moment of Remembrance” on September 11 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks. At 10:00 a.m., all SamTrans buses will stop at the closest bus stop and all Caltrain trains in operation will stop at the closest station to mark the historic event. Announcements will be made to passengers and a message will be displayed on the visual message signs at all Caltrain stations.
The “Moment of Remembrance” was approved by the U.S. Senate to memorialize the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks across the country with a minute of reflection, marked by the ringing of bells, sounding of sirens and other actions to remember the victims.
This is not the first time that SamTrans and Caltrain have paused to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks. At 12:30 p.m. on the first Friday following the event in 2001, all buses pulled over and all trains stopped to observe a minute of silence.
On the day of the terrorist attacks, the transit district activated its emergency operations center. And, when many downtown San Francisco businesses dismissed employees early, SamTrans and Caltrain were ready to get them home safely.
Early in the day, SamTrans assisted stranded passengers at San Francisco International Airport. Later, when the decision was made to evacuate the airport, SamTrans and Caltrain were prepared to transport an estimated crowd of 4,000. Although the airport eventually decided to use its own shuttles to take people to nearby hotels, SamTrans and Caltrain were ready to go.
Caltrain stepped up patrols along the tracks, watching for any suspicious activities and making sure that switches were properly locked.
In the weeks following the attack, transit district staff continued to show their support by holding several fundraisers to raise money for relief efforts.
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