Sound Transit train, bus riders reminded to prepare for snow

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Transit riders asked to sign up for rider alerts, watch for snow-related service changes, and dress warmly

In response to weather forecasts predicting snow this weekend, Sound Transit is reminding its riders to take proactive steps to increase their "snow-how" for riding Link light rail, Sounder commuter rail, and ST Express regional buses.

The best way for transit users to plan ahead for snow is to sign up to receive rider alerts by e-mail or text message. Rider alerts offer a great way to stay informed since weather impacts vary by transit service. Riders have the option of choosing which specific updates to receive, such as alerts for specific bus routes, Sounder north line, Sounder south line, or Link light rail. Alerts are also posted on the agency website. Sound Transit issues updated alerts as new information becomes available.

(Note: In observation of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, on Monday, Jan. 16, there will be no Sounder service to Edmonds, Mukilteo and Everett, and Sounder service from Tacoma to Seattle will operate four trains. More information can be found at www.soundtransit.org/schedules.)

To sign up for rider alerts, visit www.soundtransit.org and go to "Rider Alerts." During snow events, riders can find the most current alerts at the top right of the page. Riders without internet access can get up-to-date information by calling 1.888.889.6368.

Before heading out for their trips, transit users should check the Sound Transit website for information on snow-related service delays, bus re-routes, and other changes. Riders should bundle up, wear warm, sturdy shoes, and be prepared for longer waits due to weather-related traffic delays. Allow plenty of time to get to bus stops, stations and transit centers, and use caution when walking in wet or icy areas.

Important note: Snow re-routes and service cancellations are not reflected in itineraries generated by trip planners found on transit agency websites. Also, transit tracking tools such as OneBusAway may not be accurate during a major snow disruption, since stops may be missed. Riders should check rider alerts and make necessary adjustments to their travel plans.