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Prepare for winter travel

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How will winter weather affect your route? Sign up for Rider Alerts and follow us on Twitter to find out. Severe weather can disrupt your commute, as well as mudslides, accidents and other unforeseen events. Be prepared by taking a few minutes to learn the alternatives and to review tips for commuting in extreme weather.

How will winter weather affect my bus route?

Some buses may be put on snow routes, and others may be canceled. Also, snow routes may change depending on road conditions. Sign up for rider alerts for most up to date information.

Be aware of "at-risk" bus stops

  • In severe snow and ice, buses will often avoid hills so if your bus stop is in the middle of a hill, walk to the bottom where your bus can safely stop.
  • No traffic going by your bus stop?  Walk to a stop on a busy street.
  • When the bus is approaching, stand back from the curb until it 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 canceled. Plan ahead, and be aware of your alternatives in case your train is canceled. You can use our trip planner to find options.

Before the storm

Know before you go: Review your options ahead of time. Check bus and train schedules or use the Trip Planner.

Sign up for alerts: Find out about cancellations for your route by signing up for text messages or email alerts.

Always have a backup plan.

During or after the storm

Be prepared

  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to the station or transit center.
  • Use caution when walking on wet or icy station platforms.
  • Dress warmly and be prepared to wait; you may be outdoors longer than expected.
  • Many popular transit apps (such as OneBusAway) do not work if your bus is rerouted.