The City of Haverhill has a complex mass transit system. Residents and visitors can travel through Haverhill via boat, train, truck, automobile, motorcycle and bicycle. The City covers a large area from the New Hampshire Border to The North Andover line. Haverhill has hundreds of miles of city streets, numerous bridges including draw bridges, miles of waterways. The rail system which runs north to south thorough Haverhill currently handles the following trains; MBTA, AMTRACK and the Gilford Freight System. Haverhill has two commuter stops at Railroad Square in Bradford and Washington Street in downtown Haverhill.
These same transportation corridors provide daily travel in and around Haverhill for our residents and visitors. During emergency operations these travel ways must also be available to mobilize, deploy and transport people, materials, goods and services to and from a potentially disaster impacted area of the city. It is therefore imperative (when necessary) that the City implement plans that will address transportation of debris to clear roadways, navigable waterways and other transportation passages.
The City is prepared to respond to any potential mass transit accident with its own resources and should a catastrophic event occur, other state, federal and/or private assets will provide the additional aid that is needed. Extensive planning, training, cooperation and assistance from other political districts, public safety and emergency management organizations, including mutual aid agreements with other jurisdictions, and hospitals that are equipped to manage and handle mass casualties, is what is required to achieve this level of preparedness.
Additional information can be obtained pertaining to Mass Transit Accidents from the National Transportation and Safety Board's Web site: National Transportation Safety Board