Metro Snow Reroutes

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Due to the weather, many Seattle buses have been rerouted or cancelled today- a full list is up at the Metro homepage. Of course, not all the reroutes are entirely publicized. For instance, I usually take the 30 from Fremont to the U-District- this morning it never showed up at my stop, and I heard a rumor that it was either up on 45th or down on 35th, so I walked up hill. Of course, I never saw it along 45th, and wound up just walking in to work eventually. I checked the Adverse Weather Info for the route before I left, but it makes no sense to me- I suspect the same is true for many of the reroutes.

This afternoon, I went to my normal bus stop again, to take the 30. After several rounds of other buses, I started asking drivers if it hadn’t been rerouted. The first driver said no; the second said he thought it might have, so I should head down to the Campus Parkway hub. Fortunately, after doing so a #30 showed up within about ten minutes and took the normal route home. I was happily surprised that it wasn’t rerouted on the return trip. I asked the driver about getting to the U-District for tomorrow, and her response was that many of the drivers wouldn’t go up the (steep) hill on 40th, and she herself had been taking 45th instead. It sounded more like it was an individual driver decision, than a true reroute, but who knows?

It would be helpful if Metro would publish online maps of the adverse weather routes for their buses, though I’m sure that’s a lot of work for very few days of the year- though if the routes don’t change too much from year to year, it might be nice to do it for the major routes. Alternately, they could post adverse weather reroute information on the poles at the stops- that would certainly be more effective for many riders who may not have access to the Internet from the bus stop or from home, for that matter. Additionally, it wouldn’t hurt to have drivers be more informed about the rerouting for other buses along their routes, just in case, though that would take a lot more effort than posting notices on the poles.

Still, all things being said, I’m very grateful that the buses were even running this evening, and that I didn’t have to walk another two miles home. And all the bus drivers I spoke to were very cordial, which isn’t always the case when they’re being interrupted. For that matter, the passengers were a lot jollier too- people were chatting at the stops, and voluntarily sitting together, even cheering for others at their bus stop when the bus they were waiting for finally arrived. I hope everyone riding the buses is getting home safe and sound- if you have any Metro stories, feel free to leave them in the comments.

1 Comment so far

  1. wesa on December 18th, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

    Patience is definitely good to have for using Metro during adverse weather conditions. Metro tries hard to provide service during harsh weather conditions, but an updated electronic and/or automated phone system with reliable updates (especially regarding snow reroutes) would be a good way to minimize complaints.

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