Look for the Snowflake!

December 22, 2011

December 22, 2011 -- A major snowstorm or weather related event can be challenging since bus service depends on road conditions. When weather impacts service, ART has three levels of operation:

  • Limited: Modified Routes/ Some Delays in Service
  • Severe: Greatly Modified Routes/ Limited Service/ Expect Delays (some routes could be canceled)
  • No Service: Route Canceled

The snowflake on the bus flag shows that the bus stop will be in service during severe weather conditions.To help riders identify bus stops that will be in service during severe weather conditions, Arlington Transit has put blue snowflake decals on them. 

The decals are located on both sides of the bus stop flag in the upper corner either above the circular gold ART symbol or above the "A" in "ART" (see picture on left for an example).

Bus stops in service during severe weather conditions are only along the ART 41, 51, 75 and 77 routes. Not all bus stops along those routes will be in service during severe weather conditions. [Editor's note 1-11-2016: This post was written in 2011. See the Severe Weather Policy page for current information.]

Please note that routes may be operating on different levels of service depending on road and traffic conditions. For example, due to road conditions ART 75 could be operating at a severe level of service while ART 41 is operating at a limited service level.

How do you know if ART is running at the severe level of operation? Sign-up to have ART Alerts sent to you via text message or email. You can also follow ART on Facebook and Twitter where the most up-to-date service information will be posted. You can also call customer service at 703-228-RIDE (7433) to find out about service.

Visit the severe weather page on ART's website to learn more about ART bus service during severe weather conditions and to view snow route maps.

Next time you're at the bus stop take note if there's a blue snowflake on the bus stop flag. If there is, your stop will be in service during the next big snowstorm!

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