Bus Snow Service
Click on the links below (Light, Moderate, Severe or Lifeline) to learn if your bus is operating and how it will detour.
During light snowfall, most Metrobus service will operate normally, but there are a few exceptions. Light snow is generally described as accumulations of a dusting up to two inches and can be visually determined when asphalt has been exposed by tire marks. Light snowfall may result in some Metrobus routes being detoured due to road conditions. Customers should sign up for MetroAlerts to learn when buses are detouring. View light snow route details.
During moderate snow accumulation or light ice conditions, Metro will restrict bus service to moderate snow routes. Service is suspended on some routes and buses are detoured around roads prone to hazardous conditions, including many neighborhood streets. Passengers may experience increased wait times due to road conditions. View moderate snow route details.
Severe Snowfall and Ice
During severe or heavy snow accumulation or icy conditions, Metro will restrict bus service to severe snow routes. Service is limited to major roads only and passengers should anticipate service delays and increased wait times. Passengers traveling when Severe snow routes are in place should be aware Metrobus may have to suspend all service if road and travel conditions become unsafe. View severe snow route details.
Lifeline - Limited Service Due to Snow and Ice Conditions
During the most treacherous snow and ice conditions, Metro will substantially reduce bus service to Lifeline snow routes. Service is limited to roads with high priority for snow removal and ice treatment. Customers will experience increased wait times. Passengers traveling when Lifeline snow routes are in place should be aware Metrobus may have to suspend all service if road and travel conditions become unsafe. View lifeline snow route details.
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Who is responsible for clearing snow from bus stops and shelters?
The answer is: It depends on where the stop or shelter is located.
If on a public street, the responsibility is usually that of the jurisdiction. Metro does not own or maintain bus stops or shelters on public roadways. Some jurisdictions have contractors who perform this service, but as a general matter, if your bus stop on a public road is not clear, you will want to contact your local officials, not Metro.
If the bus stop is on Metro property, then Metro is responsible for clearing it. Of the 11,000 stops in the region, only about 600 are owned by Metro. Examples include stops and shelters at:
- Metrorail stations with bus loops (i.e. private roadways for buses)
- Pentagon Transit Center
- Silver Spring Transit Center
- Duke Ellington Bridge
- Colorado Ave Bus Loop
- Chevy Chase Bus Loop
Finally, if the bus stop or shelter is on private property, such as a hospital campus, shopping center, mall or business park, chances are that the property owner or management company has snow clearing responsibility.