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Preparing for Winter Weather

12/26/2018

Winter weather can make travel difficult, so MATBUS has put together some tips to help get you to your destination more smoothly.

Plan for delays – When roads are slippery and/or visibility is low, drivers will need to slow down in order to navigate safely. This means routes may get behind schedule, arriving later than usual to bus stops. If the weather is bad, consider leaving one trip earlier according to the timetable. This will help you connect with transfers and get to your destination on time.

Dress warmly – Remember to wear layers and bring or wear the appropriate accessories for the conditions – hats, scarves, gloves, boots, etc. You may need to wait at the bus stop longer than normal if the weather slows down routes.

Track your bus – Use the live bus tracker on the MATBUS app or MATBUS.com to see when your bus will arrive in real time. This helps you stay inside and warm longer, since you’ll know when to be at the bus stop.

Service Changes

Snow Detour Routes – During or after weather events, MATBUS may need to detour around portions of the route that have become unsafe for travel or filled with snow drifts. Routes that will be affected have their specific detours listed on the Snow Detour Routes page.

Cancellation, Closing Early, Starting Late
If conditions are bad enough to cancel bus service, the public will be notified up to two hours prior to the closing. The announcement will be made on the MATBUS website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), and the outgoing message for the main phone line – 701.232.7500. MATBUS will also send out a Rider Alert and a push notification on the MATBUS app.

Helpful Tips
• Keep an eye on weather conditions and MATBUS service changes by listening to KFGO – 790 AM and watching local TV news.

• Have a backup destination in mind, such as a friend or relative’s home, in case of snow detours or cancelled service.

• If the shopping mall, colleges, and interstate highways are closed, there MAY be no bus service.

• Remember that you are responsible for your own safety.