(UPDATED MONDAY, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.)
We made it through the first day, but this cold snap and winter forecasts ahead mean that travel could be unpredictable in the coming days.
Finishing the Monday evening and heading into the Tuesday morning commutes, Metro plans to remain on snow reroutes until further notice. Transit staff will be monitoring conditions overnight and will alert customers if bus service will be further affected. The best place for updates will be online and through transit alert emails and texts, with maps and subscriptions available at MetroWinter.com.
Unfortunately, as long as cold weather and difficult road conditions persist, riders should be prepared for longer travel and wait times for service. Also, apps that estimate arrival and departure times are less accurate when buses are on snow routes and delayed by road conditions.
Best bet: be prepared for longer travel times and explore alternate bus service in your neighborhood and near your job center in the event your preferred bus route faces long delays.
All remaining scheduled sailings of the West Seattle Water Taxi were canceled for Monday, Feb. 4. The Water Taxi is planning to operate Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, and at that time crews will assess weather conditions and inform customers whether service will again be disrupted. If service is disrupted, customers instead can board Metro services such as RapidRide C Line, routes 21, 120 and 125 to and from West Seattle.
All remaining sailings of the Vashon route of the Water Taxi were canceled for Monday, Feb. 4. The Water Taxi is planning to operate Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, and crews will assess weather conditions and inform customers whether service will again be disrupted. If service is disrupted, customers can instead travel via Metro and Washington State Ferry service.
By the numbers
Thousands of bus drivers, 1,500 buses, and thousands of sets of chains went into keeping people moving on Monday. About 175 buses were temporarily stalled or stuck due to road conditions, and crews were working to retrieve or tow buses to passable roads as quickly as possible.
Crews are working to reset all that to be ready again Tuesday. Please take a moment to thank your bus driver and water taxi crew for braving the elements to help keep you on your way.