Bus Schedules & Routes When it Snows | Community Transit
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Snow Routes

Occasionally, snow or icy conditions impact Community Transit bus service. While one route may be on a snow route, another route may not be.

Here are three things you can do to get the most updated information about snow events:

  1. Visit communitytransit.orgRider alerts are posted on the home page and updates about which routes are on snow route will be posted here: communitytransit.org/snowupdate.
  2. Sign up for Rider Alerts. Select the routes you frequently ride to get email or text alerts about service impacts to your route(s). If you already receive e-alerts, you can update your subscriptions, too. 
  3. Follow @MyCommTransBus on Twitter for real-time service updates during business hours. Real-time alerts are posted on the homepage of our website under Rider Alerts.

Snowflakes & Snow Route Maps

snowflake bus stop symbol

If your bus stop has a snowflake symbol on the bus stop sign and there is snow or ice on the ground that is impacting service, please wait at another stop. 

Snow routes let drivers and riders know the safest routing a bus will take during a snow event.

In addition to hills, there may be other areas along a route that are not served during a snow event. These stops may not have snowflake symbols on the sign, but they will not be served when a bus is on a snow route. Please use the snow route maps listed below to determine the portion of the route that will not be served.

On Snow Route maps, a solid line indicates that a segment of the route is being served; a dotted line indicates a portion that will not be served.

Snow, Schedules, and BusFinder

When it snows, regular bus schedules may not apply:

  • Buses may come less frequently
  • Articulated buses are generally not used and may be kept on base.
  • Double Decker and 40-foot buses are used when there is snow and ice on the road.
  • It will take longer to get to each destination; if buses are chained, they can only travel 25 miles per hour.
  • Rider alerts (on the home page of the website, via Rider Alerts and/or on Twitter @MyCommTransBus), will indicate how often a bus may arrive.

BusFinder is our real-time bus information web application.

During snow events, BusFinder's departure time predictions may not be accurate because buses:

  • Will likely be on re-route
  • Are traveling at slower speeds due to icy road conditions

You can use the map feature in BusFinder to see where the bus is on your route to help predict when the bus may arrive at your stop.