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Joangelli González, CSA Group, LLP

Collapsed road due to large amounts of debris accumulated in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

Background on Transportation in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico's transportation infrastructure is composed of 8 active
airports out of the 16 on the island, 5 seaports, and 16,694 miles
of paved roadways. In addition, the San Juan Metropolitan Area
(SJMA) has a heavy rail urban train ("Tren Urbano") and two bus
transit systems, AMA and Metrobus (public and private, respectively) to serve the most densely-populated region in Puerto Rico.
Also, the "publicos" have provided most of the public transit in the
island, especially for the municipalities located outside of the SJMA
since they are the only public system available. Taxis serve travelers
around the island, and the newly private transit systems such as
Uber, Pink, and others, are serving mainly the SJMA and other
limited regions (i.e., Mayagüez).
The transportation engineering and planning professionals
in Puerto Rico have been well aware of and engaged with the
Island's transportation challenges, long before hurricanes Irma
and María changed the landscape. The ITE-Puerto Rico Section
was founded with the main objective of promoting networking
between transportation professionals in Puerto Rico and the
United States. Today, the ITE-Puerto Rico Section has 38 members
and two student chapters: University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
(UPRM) and Polytechnic University. In addition, more than 120
professionals participate in the local activities such as the Spring
Meeting, Annual Meeting, Seminars in the Transportation Module
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of the Mega Viernes Civil (a collaboration of the ITE-PR Section
with the PR Institute of Civil Engineers), and other seminars. In
addition, the ITE-Puerto Rico Section board members actively
represent the Island's transportation professionals in public views,
on specific transportation committees (Long Range Transportation
Plan, Strategic Highway Safety Plan, etc.), and at ITE international
meetings and events. The ITE-Puerto Rico Section, together with
the Puerto Rico College of Engineers and Land Surveyors and other
professional organizations, is now at the forefront of the Island's
recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Impact of Hurricanes Irma and María
Everyone's world in Puerto Rico changed in September 2017, when
the two back-to-back hurricanes Irma and María affected this
beautiful island and the lives of our generous and happy people.
Experiencing the forces of hurricane María is nearly impossible to
describe: frightening sounds from landslides, breaking trees, flying
things, water flow, and the wind alone!!! And, not to mention the
amount of people who experienced the forces of these hurricanes
while in a delicate position: sick people, the elderly, infants, and
people living in vulnerable homes, etc. While most people affected
by Irma recovered their electricity relatively fast, none of us
recovered electric power after María for many weeks, even in the
best circumstances. Still now, eight months later, there continue to



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