St. Joseph Transit working to keep passengers and drivers warm
The freezing temperatures haven't slowed down st joseph transit..
"the ride" is continuing to operate on its normal schedule.
Here's kq2's mitchell riberal with how they are keeping passengers -- and drivers -- warm.
<<<<<<<<<<<<<mitchell riberal reporting(nat sound bus driving by)freezing temperatures isn't stopping st joseph transit"the bus system is a part of the life blood of st.
Gary bus driverunlike other buses used for transportation, st joseph transit stores their buses insideallowing for drivers to warm up their bus quicker can stop them from operating "there inside out of the weather and kept warm, so when they go out they are warm immediately.
Pick up passengers they can get in a warm bus,as opposed, you go school bus and a lot of the other places they are stored outside and it takes quite a while to get a bus warmed up" michelle schultz (gm)st joe tranzit received new buses a few years ago which have new heaters allowing them to keep the bus heated despite constantly opening the doors "its remarkable, the bus does stay warm, it's got a good heating system, we open the doors a lot, but there's extra heat in the front, defrosters in for the threshold so it it works."
Garya main focus for the tranzit is to be right on schedule keeping the passengers wait outside shorter but if the snow gets bad, it may not be easy to keep schedules tight"trying to maintain our normal schedules, minimize the time they spend outside, which is important to stay on schedule to do that.
Unfortunately when we do have to go to snow routes and under snow conditions, people do have to spend a little bit more outside"drivers recommend that instead of passengers waiting their normal timesthey should arrive right before the bus does."well if you're going to ride the bus, understand the bus schedule.
Don't wait too long out in the cold, it's dangerous, this is dangerous cold, so get there about when the bus will get there" gary reporting in st, joseph, mitchell riberal, kq2 news buses run locally from 5:15 in the morning to 9 at night.
Staff recommends riders look at the bus schedules in advance so they won't be standing out in the cold for a long time waiting for it