Metro Transit reminds riders to prepare for snowy conditions
December 28, 2010
NEW — 3 p.m. Dec. 28, 2010
King County Metro Transit has urged riders to check the status of bus service Wednesday as snow showers enter the forecast.
Planners urged riders to check the winter weather website before traveling. Updates start at 4 a.m. each day.
The agency also encouraged residents to sign up for Transit Alerts to receive up-to-date information about snow operations.
Metro Transit is operating on a reduced schedule through the New Year. The reduced schedule means cancellations on some commuter and school-oriented routes.
Forecasts indicate snow in the lower elevations Tuesday night and Wednesday morning could be in form of snow showers. Meteorologists do not expect significant accumulations.
Regardless, bus operations could change rapidly. So, Metro Transit planners urged riders to prepare.
If buses operate on snow routes, some streets and bus stops may be missed — and delays might occur — due to travel conditions. Metro Transit has updated snow routes from past years, so riders should check the updated routes.
The agency displays the service status of each area on a color-coded snow map:
- Green indicates buses operating on normal routes.
- Yellow indicates some, but not all, routes in the area operating on snow routes.
- Red indicates all bus routes in a designated area operating on snow routes.
Buses do not always run on schedule in snowy or icy conditions. Plus, increased ridership during inclement weather can result in crowded buses and a longer-than-usual wait on the phone for the Customer Information Office.
Riders should dress warmly for the walk to the bus stop, expect delays and wear weather-appropriate footwear.
The agency also recommends for riders to head for bus stops on main arterials or at major transfer points, such as park-and-ride lots, transit facilities or shopping centers, and to wait at the top or bottom of hills, because buses cannot stop for passengers on inclines.