Island Transit cancels bus service today
By NATHAN WHALEN
Whidbey News Times Staff reporter
January 17, 2012 · Updated 1:58 PM
The Tuesday morning snow storm blowing through Whidbey Island prompted Island Transit officials to cancel all bus routes until further notice.
Several inches of snow fell Tuesday morning on Whidbey Island and between five and 10 inches of snow is forecast to fall tomorrow. If the conditions continue to worsen, it’s likely buses won’t be traveling on Wednesday.
“If it continues through the night, we won’t be operating tomorrow,” said Martha Rose, executive director for Island Transit, late Tuesday morning. She said it’s always a hard decision to cancel bus service, but it’s best to make the decision to cancel routes as early as possible. That way people who rely on the buses won’t be stranded. Rose added the vans are more maneuverable in the snow than the larger buses.
Even though the large buses are out of service, Island Transit vans are traveling the bus routes, picking up stranded riders to make sure they can get home or someplace safe. Employees were busy Tuesday morning fielding calls from stranded riders who need help.
In addition, a bus will run from Clinton to Oak Harbor weather permitting. The last trips will be at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. As weather permit,s the last run from Mount Vernon to Oak Harbor will take place at 5 p.m., according to the Island Transit website.
The storm also prompted school superintendents to cancel classes Tuesday and road crews are working around the clock trying to clear Whidbey’s arterials and highways.
Call Island Transit at 678-7771 for more information
Contact Whidbey News Times Staff reporter Nathan Whalen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5058.