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West Seattle Blog… | TRANSIT: Metro ending emergency snow network early Sunday

(Photo WSB, CA / Alaska this afternoon)

As the thaw approaches, Metro announced it will begin restoring transit service:

Metro will shut down the Snow Emergency Network (ESN) at 4 a.m. on Sunday January 2.

Subway vehicle maintenance crews abandoned chaining and retrieving stranded buses and began repairing damaged buses that operated during the winter storm. Metro is evaluating how many buses are available and whether any routes should remain temporarily suspended on Monday, January 3, as additional repairs are completed.

“Our transit professionals have kept the area safe during the recent snowstorms,” said Terry White, General Manager of King County Metro. “Now we turn our attention to fixing the damaged buses over the past week and re-operating the larger transit system passengers rely on. ”

Cyclists traveling on Saturday, January 1 should review routes operated on the Snow Emergency Network before traveling. On Sunday, January 2, online resources will be updated to reflect persistent snow-covered roads where road conditions continue to be difficult for transit service. Masks are mandatory in all public transport

Water taxi, Access and services on demand

· Gondola: The West Seattle line is not served on January 1. The service will resume on Sunday January 2.

· Access to adapted transport currently only offers rescue and emergency trips subject to conditions and availability. Access continues to provide vital medical transportation. For Sunday January 2, 2022, Access will continue to provide rescue and emergency travel only and will increase availability as routes clear. Some roads in outlying areas of the county may continue to be impassable. The journeys requested for runners who are not yet certified by Access will be examined on a case-by-case basis. During this time, customers who are not certified to use Access and need to log into life-sustaining medical services can call 206-205-5000 to request services between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Access works closely with the bus service to meet the needs of all of our customers.