Due to the winter storm that is predicted to arrive overnight and result in moderate to heavy snow, with the possibility of a freezing rain mix, including a light glaze of ice over the course of the day Friday, the decision has been made to curtail all morning service on Friday, January 20, 2023.
“The timing, rates of snowfall, the potential for a freezing rain mix, and total amount predicted makes it look like travel will be very tricky Friday, we feel this is the most sensible decision we could make based on the predicted conditions,” stated Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director.
Based on the current forecast, COAST plans to run its afternoon services on Friday. On Friday morning they will re-evaluate afternoon service based on the latest conditions.
COAST fixed route operations should resume in a staggered fashion after 12:15pm. For specific details, please visit COAST’s website at www.coastbus.org/upcomingservicechanges. COAST demand response services should also resume after 12:15pm Friday.
COAST services will operate as normal through today, January 19. The expectation is that COAST will return to regular operations starting on Saturday, January 21. When COAST resumes service, expect delays as storm cleanup may still be affecting the roads and walkways.
Nichols commented further, “As always, when traveling after the storm, please be safe on your way to and from bus stops. Please do not wait for the bus on top of snowbanks. Find the nearest driveway opening; make sure you are visible to the bus operator and wave as the bus approaches. In low light conditions wave a lit cell phone or flashlight to make you more visible to the bus operator.” COAST recommends wearing bright clothing, having reflectors and carrying a flashlight.
For updated information on COAST services, please tune in to area radio and television news outlets. COAST will also be using its website at www.coastbus.org, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/COASTbus and twitter account @COASTbus to provide additional updates.