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Snow in the Forecast!
- Keep an eye on Pierce Transit's website. Detours will be posted on the home page.
- Once on detour, know where your route will travel by visiting our Snow/Extreme Weather page and clicking the tab (at the bottom) for your route number. The black dotted line shows the detour route; the red line indicates the portion of the route with no service during the detour.
- Sign up for route-specific text messages that will arrive when your route goes on/off detour. Visit PierceTransit.org/StayConnected, enter your mobile number in the box on the right and select your route number(s) to sign up.
- Keep an eye on Pierce Transit's Twitter page.
- Give yourself plenty of time to get to your bus stop. Walking conditions will likely be different from usual during ice and snow events.
- Dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes with good traction. Remember, you may need to walk a bit further to a stop if your route is on detour.
- Make sure the bus driver can see you. Even in daylight, stormy conditions can reduce visibility. Carry a flashlight, and use your cellphone light to flag the bus (please don't flash it in the bus driver's eyes - thank you!). Wear bright and/or reflective clothing so you can easily be seen.
- Make sure your cell phone is charged so you can get those route-specific text alerts you signed up to receive.
- In severe snow and ice, buses often avoid hills. If your bus stop is in the middle of a hill, walk to the bottom where the operator can safely stop.
- Stand back from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop. Buses can slip sideways in icy road conditions.