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Bus traveling in snow 
Snow Detours 
 
Standard Snow Detours

Riding Intercity Transit in a Snow Storm
How to Know if Your Bus is on Snow Detour
Where to Catch a Bus
When to Catch a Bus
Accessible Services in Snowy Conditions
Your Route May Operate with a Shuttle
Dial-A-Lift Service in Snowy Conditions
Vanpool Service in the Snow
Village Vans
Community Vans
Links to Other Agencies

Standard Snow Detours

The routes listed below will likely go on detour in snowy weather. You may board your bus along the unaffected portions of the route.

If your route is not on the list below, congratulations -- your bus is probably able to run its normal route even in snow and ice. However, service on all routes may be delayed. Because each storm is different this sometimes forces us to take detours different from the ones shown on the snow maps or what is listed below.

Route 41 Standard Snow Detour:
If the dorm loop is closed, the bus will turn left from Overhulse and continue to the library loop.

Route 43 Standard Snow Detour Map:

 

If Lakeridge Drive is closed, Route 43 will serve SPSCC via I-5 and Highway 101. We will provide shuttle service between SPSCC and the Thurston County Courthouse and vicinity.
If Barnes Boulevard over Tumwater Hill is impassable, the bus will follow the alternative routing shown between SPSCC and Tumwater Square.
If the Crosby entrance to SPSCC is closed, the bus will serve SPSCC from Mottman Road only.


Route 44 Standard Snow Detour Map :
If Lakeridge Drive is closed, the bus will serve SPSCC via I-5 and Highway 101 before continuing to Westfield Mall. We will provide shuttle service between SPSCC and the Thurston County Courthouse and vicintiy.
If the Crosby Boulevard entrance to SPSCC is closed the bus will serve SPSCC from Mottman Road only.

Route 45 Standard Snow Detour: Buses travel along Rogers to Harrison and on to downtown.

Route 47 Standard Snow Detour Map:
Buses will use Harrison and Percival instead of 4th to travel to the Westside.

Route 60 Standard Snow Detour Map:
The bus will bypass Legion Way between Eastside and Fir by using State and 4th.

Route 64 Standard Snow Detour Map:
When Union Avenue is unsafe, the bus will bypass Union between Central and Boulevard by using State, 4th, and Pacific. 

 

Riding Intercity Transit in a Snow Storm


Buses will use detours if travel on normal routes is unsafe. We will post details on our Web site as we learn of route changes. Routes under "Standard Snow Detours" (see below) are the routes most likely affected by severe weather. Service on all routes may be delayed.

We recommend you become familiar with your routes before snow hits. Learn what routes serve your location, where the stops are, what the schedule is, and keep some exact change for the
bus fare.

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Use Our Online Tools: Trip Planner and Real-Time Arrival Information

Trip Planner: use the Trip Planner on our home page to map your bus trip. The Trip Planner does not take into account detours or schedule delays.
OneBusAway: OneBusAway tells you what time your bus will arrive at your stop in real time. This tool will not work on the detoured portions of routes. See the green icon in the upper right corrner of this page, and get set up today!

How to Know if Your Bus is on Snow Detour

Get the latest updates on snow routes by checking:
  •  Our Home page 
  •  Local radio stations; 
                    KGY 1240 AM
                    KGY 96.9 FM
                    KRXY 94.5 FM
                    KXXO 96.1 FM
  • The Olympian at www.theolympian.com
  • With Customer Service at 360-786-1881 (please be patient, phone lines are busy during inclement weather); or
  • facebook (Intercity Transit).

Finding Your Snow Detour

Standard Snow DetourIf your route has a standard snow detour, the map will have a snowflake icon in the map key. Scroll down this page, see the Transit Guide or go to Maps and Schedules.

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Where to Catch a Bus

  • When streets are slick, wait for buses at posted bus stops on flat portions of the street, at Transit Centers or major transfer points; avoid hills. 
  • If there's no traffic going by your bus stop, walk to a stop on a busy street.
  • Know your snow route. If your bus is on snow route, your regular stop may be closed.
  • If your bus stop is in the middle of a hill, walk to the bottom.
  • Stand back from the curb until the bus comes to a complete stop.
  • The bus may not pull all the way over to the curb, to avoid getting stuck.
  • At park and ride lots, buses will continue to try to stop at their stops inside the lot. However, buses may need to stop on the street outside the lot.

      When to Catch a Bus

      Buses may not be able to adhere to published schedules. Please dress warmly, you may need to wait at the stop longer than usual. Use OneBusAway an online tool that tells you the time your bus will arrive at your stop in real time. Please note: This tool will not work if your bus is on detour. See the green icon in the upper right corrner of this page, and get set up today! 

      Accessible Services in Snowy Conditions

      We try to provide scheduled, accessible bus service during adverse conditions; however, some conditions can prevent our using lifts or ramps or the bus from reaching the curb or stopping at some bus stops.  

      During adverse weather conditions, there could be significant delays. If you cannot wait in the cold, you may want to find alternate transportation.

      Your Route May Operate with a Shuttle

      Depending on road conditions, we may operate shuttles along portions of some routes to connect with buses that can continue service. Routes that may use shuttles are 43 and 44 between SPSCC and the Courthouse. Look for "Snow Route" on the sign on the front of the bus.               

      Dial-A-Lift Service in Snowy Conditions

      We continue operating Dial-A-Lift except where safe to do so.  Please be patient with Dial-A-Lift service during inclement weather conditions.  Drivers may run behind schedule.

      If you are concerned about the status of your ride, please call us at 360-754-9393. When we must suspend service, Dial-A-Lift may still be available for emergency services such as trips to critical medical appointments or to pick up prescriptions or groceries. Dial-A-Lift staff will make every effort to provide service to certified riders who notify us that their trips are essential. Dial-A-Lift staff will make the final decision about whether or not we can provide a trip safely.

      Routes on county roads may be delayed or cancelled. Call our Dial-A-Lift office (360-754-9393) for information.

      Vanpool Service in the Snow

      Vanpool customers, check with your volunteer drivers to discuss snow plans prior to adverse weather.

      Village Vans

      Village Vans may operate on reduced schedules. Call 360-705-5840 to learn about service hours or to find out if your scheduled trip has been cancelled. We will make every effort to notify you as soon as possible of necessary changes.

      Community Vans

      Community Van service may be canceled. In snowy or icy weather, call 360-786-8800 before you take out the van to make sure it is safe to drive the vehicle

      Links to Other Agencies

      City of Olympia Gateway Services
      City of Tumwater
      City of Lacey
      Pierce Transit
      Mason Transit
      Grays Harbor Transit
      Thurston County
      Sound Transit
      Washington State Department of Transportation or visit WSDOT Emergency Highway Closures.

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      Outside Thurston County
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      Fax 360-943-8760
      Email Customer Service
      Business Office

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