A light morning on Metro’s 32 bus line

With snow expected to continue through the day, Metro has suspended certain bus routes today and ridership this morning appears to be low.

The few passengers on board are mostly service employees heading to work.

“There’s usually a lot more people on the bus at this time,” said Reina Diaz, a Columbia Heights resident heading to her cleaning day job in the Cathedral Heights area.

Diaz took the H2 bus from her home earlier than usual Wednesday morning to make it to work at 7 a.m. By 6:20 she was already waiting to transfer to the No. 32 at Van Ness Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Her commute was smoother this morning in spite of the weather conditions, she said.

But if the snow starts to accumulate and bus service is suspended, Diaz was ready to stay at work overnight.

“Only God knows how bad its going to be,” she said in Spanish. “It doesn’t look too bad now.”

Earlier Metro announced the service has been suspended in the following bus lines: 11Y (Mt. Vernon Express Line); J4 (College Park to Bethesda); J1 and J3 (Bethesda to Silver Spring); Y5 and Y7 (Georgia Avenue); Z11, Z13 (Greencastle-Briggs Chaney); Z29 (Laurel-Burtonsville); W13 and W14 (Block Road Line); W19 (Indian Head Express Line)

Metro says the other routes are starting the day with near regular service, but service can be expected to be reduced or even possibly suspended as road conditions deteriorate. Detours may also be necessary, according to Metro.  And the agency encourages commuters to get to their destinations before the worst of the storm and it says it hopes to to give two hours notice before suspending bus service.

“Because safety is always our highest priority, it may be necessary to detour some routes off of hills and other problem areas,” Metro said in a  morning statement.

For more information about bus service, riders can review planned Metrobus route adjustments.

Luz Lazo writes about transportation and development. She has recently written about the challenges of bus commuting, Metro’s dark stations, and the impact of sequestration on air travel.

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