With 22-new bus routes in effect Monday, TransLink says it’s ready for a potentially busy day – weather included.
While snow has been coming down all day today, spokesperson Anne Drennan says weather conditions are expected to warm up, meaning shorter delays Monday.
“We think the commute in the morning should be good. We’ll be monitoring all night to make sure there is no accumulation of ice anywhere but with temperatures expected to rise, things should be melting and we should be in pretty good shape, come the morning,” she says.
But with significant accumulation of snow, a dose of expected rain could make for a sloppy, slushy commute.
“There could be some slush and some water sitting around which could cause some issues but I think overall, we look in pretty good shape,” she says.
Drennan says passengers should give themselves extra time just in case.
Meanwhile, transit passengers have been told to prepare for a slew bus route changes, both seasonal and related to the launch of the Evergreen line, launching tomorrow.
Starting tomorrow, 22 bus routes will change in the Tri-Cities to integrate into the six new Millennium Line Evergreen Extension stations.
TransLink says it’s the single largest change to bus routes ever implemented by the system.
Drennan says extra staff will be deployed to advise passengers on the best routes.
“We still recommend that you go to our website, register with our transit alerts, check our trip planner and make sure that you know exactly which buses you’re supposed to be on, as oppose to the ones you would normally take,” she says.
In addition to the changes, there will be some reduced service for the holiday season.