Prepare for winter travel
If we have a severe winter storm, it's likely there will be disruptions. Service also can be interrupted by mudslides, accidents or other events.
Be prepared: take a few minutes to learn about the travel alternatives that will meet your needs, and review our tips for commuting in extreme weather.
Before the storm
Sign up for alerts: Find out about cancellations for your route by signing up for text messages or email alerts.
Have a backup plan.
During or after the storm
Get the information you need:
- Check our rider alerts page for information about your bus or train before you leave
- Watch the news or listen to the radio for updates
- Call 1-888-889-6368 for Service Alerts
- Visit the Regional Public Information Network (RPIN) for transportation alerts
Things to Remember
- Give yourself plenty of time to get to the station or transit center.
- Use caution when walking on wet or icy station platforms.
- Please dress warmly and be prepared to wait; you may be outdoors longer than expected.
- Buses and trains are unlikely to stay on schedule.
- Many popular transit apps (such as OneBusAway) do not work when a bus in on reroute.
Sound Transit service in winter weather
Buses will follow normal routes as long as the streets are safe for travel. Some buses may be put on snow routes and others may be canceled. Snow routes may change depending on road conditions.
Be aware of at-risk bus stops:
- In severe snow and ice, buses will often avoid hills or other safety hazards.
- If there's no traffic going by your bus stop, walk to a stop on a busy street.
- 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 slide sideways in slippery conditions.
- Keep in mind your bus may not pull all the way over to the curb, to avoid getting stuck.
Link and Sounder trains will operate regular commuter service during cold and icy weather. Some emergencies, such as mudslides, can cause service to be cancelled. Plan ahead, and be aware of your alternatives in case your train is cancelled. You can use the trip planner to find options.