Snow continues to fall this Saturday, prompting the Sheriff to issue a level 1 snow alert: roads may be slick and drivers should exercise caution. As of 9:30a, all APT routes are running as regularly scheduled.
Ohio University has anounced that they are closing campus at 5pm today and canceling classes tomorrow, Tuesday Jan 28, due to the extreme cold and wind chill that has been forecasted. In consultation with The Summit at Coates Run, APT has left normal Summit service running tonight but will close the Summit loop for Tuesday only. Campus is scheduled to re-open at 5am, Wednesday Jan 29, so Summit service will resume then. At this time other routes are still scheduled to run normally, but please check in for updates as the weather hits.
Update Tuesday 4:30pm: OU has announced that university employees should report at the beginning of the workday Wednesday but classes will not resume until 10am. This change does not affect City/Summit service – ALL routes will be running on their normal schedules Wednesday.
As of Monday morning, the Athens County Sheriff’s Office has reduced the county snow emergency to Level 1; nearly all roads are clear in Athens, and APT routes are operating on their normal schedule. Sidewalks around the City are still in very poor condition, and we urge homeowners to make their best efort to have them cleared – City law demands that sidewalks be cleared by property owners no later than 10am following a snowfall.
Ohio University is closing at 5pm, as the National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory through Tuesday. Temperatures with wind chill factored in are expected to drop well below zero tonight and tomorrow, so once again we ask that people be cautious and wear warm clothing.
Effective 9:30am, there is a level 2 snow advisory in effect for Athens County this morning. APT bus service is still running normally, but may experience delays due to blowing snow and slippery road conditions. Route 3 service to Carriage Hill via Carriage Hill Drive has been suspended until the roadway is plowed, and Carriage Hill residents should access the bus from the stop on Richland Avenue. We urge our patrons to please use caution on sidewalks if you travel with us today.
UPDATE 7:30pm – Tonight’s Summit service is cancelled due to unsafe conditions on Summit hill and elsewhere on the route. The sheriff’s office has continued the level 2 through the night. We ask for patience from all of our affected patrons, and apologize for any inconvenience that reductions and cancelations of service are causing today.
Effective January 13th, The Summit at Coates Run Express Shuttle is changing the route of its daytime loop for spring semester to deal with construction and road closings on south campus that have blocked the traditional route. The daytime route and stops will now be the same as the late-night route and stops. Summit residents should check the route page for more details and a special updated map and schedule.
With temperatures near record lows in Athens, Ohio this morning (media are currently reporting -20-25F with wind chill factored in) we want to urge our patrons to take precautions if they decide to travel with us. Frostbite and hypothermia are very real dangers in this type of cold! Please layer your clothing warmly and wear gloves and scarves to protect your face and fingers; use the buddy system if you can, or notify someone where and when you will be traveling. Avoid walking or standing outside for longer than 10 minutes, and take a mobile phone with you if you have one. If you have medical conditions or mobility issues, please consider scheduling with Athens On Demand or one of our local cab companies, as they provide door-to-door service.
If you are waiting on a bus, call 740-592-2727 for updates on its location. We are working to ensure that no passenger is stranded today. Remember, be smart, be safe, and do not take uneccessary risks. If you do decide to travel with us, all buses are currently up and running, on schedule, and well heated! Our staff are standing by to assist in this severe weather.
Happy New Year, Athens! In 2014 we are inviting local businesses and organizations to check out our new in-vehicle advertising. A staple of urban transit systems for decades, this ad type is mounted overhead of seating areas, providing visual engagement for passengers during trips. Details and options are available on the “Advertise With Us” page under the About Us tab, so visit and see how APT could be a part of promoting your next campaign or event!
In partnership with the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, APT is excited to announce a new promotion for this holiday season. We’re calling it “Take the Transit to Take it Home for the Holidays”, an offshoot of the Chamber’s traditional Take it Home for the Holidays local shopping campaign. From Black Friday through the Wednesday before Christmas, November 29 – December 18, APT passengers who shop local will be eligible to win a $100-$200 gift card!
Here’s how it will work: at boarding, riders can receive a ticket from the driver. Fill out some basic contact information on the bus, then conduct business at any Chamber member establishment. Drop your ticket in the farebox on your return trip and you’ll be entering a weekly drawing to win a gift card to the participating business of your choice – and with nearly 475 local Chamber members, there will be many choices!
Weekly drawings will be held on December 4th ($100), December 11th ($100), and December 18th ($200 grand prize). Drawings are held and prizes provided by the Chamber of Commerce, and we would like to thank both staff and members for their generosity in sponsoring the event.
APT will be detouring around Court St tomorrow from 9am-11am during the Veterans Day Parade. Routes 2,3 and 5 will be affected; detour routing for these routes will be identical to the routing used during Halloween weekend. See our post dated Oct 25th for a map of those detours: http://www.athenstransit.org/alert-halloween-saturday-route-detours/
The City of Athens and the Athens Uptown Business Association are holding Trick or Treat from 5:30 -7:00 tonight on the block of Court St between Union and Washington Streets. From 5pm to 8pm Routes 2,3 & 5 will be unable to access the Court & Washington bus stop; patrons wanting to board in that area this evening should flag the bus at College and Washington. No other stops are affected. Normal service will resume tomorrow, and this should be the last detour for several weeks.