How Extreme Weather Affects TTA Bus Service

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – People who rely on public transportation are wondering if the severe weather expected Thursday morning will affect their commute.

TTA managing director and CEO Paul Davis said they have several route supervisors who will be on site at 3 a.m. Thursday, checking routes to determine if they should delay, change or cancel any of them. of their routes.

They also have three vehicles with snowplows in their fleet used to help clear parts of their roads.

Davis says some of their Dial-a-Ride customers have critical medical appointments they can’t afford to miss, and there have been times when TTA route supervisors or operations workers have used their own four wheel drive vehicles to pick someone up when a bus can’t get there safely.

“These people often don’t have a choice,” Davis said. “They either go on dialysis or cancer treatment. They still have to go. These are sometimes the hardest to get, but we do. We find a way.

Davis says when they change their schedules due to weather, they post it on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can also call TTA and check if your bus is on time.

Davis says they don’t want people standing in the cold waiting for a bus that doesn’t come.

He says that during the last snowstorm, only one of their buses was involved in a minor accident and no one was injured. He says it’s because a four-wheeled vehicle jammed a bus in the Harveytown area.

Davis says that sometimes when the weather is bad, they avoid hilly areas.

“Generally the buses will come out of all the hills, like East and West Pea Ridge and the Walnut Hills area,” he said. “We kind of limit flat floor buses. I know this puts some people in a bad spot sometimes, but safety should come first.

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Melvin Z. Madore