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Winter Riding Tips

Plan ahead

  • Consider catching an earlier bus to give yourself more travel time. Winter weather affects all traffic, including Metro buses. Safety is a primary concern for Metro’s operators, so they try to take their time on slick streets. 
  • Check our Rider Alerts page before you start your trip. Winter weather can change quickly, and your route may have detours, delays or severe weather warnings. 
  • Plan ahead with MyRide OMA. If you need to find a new route or leave at an earlier time, MyRide will let you know your options. You can also use MyRide to track your bus’s location in real time.

Dress warmly

  • Dress in multiple layers of warm clothing. Winter road conditions may lead to slightly longer waits at the bus stop. Always try to wear gloves, a hat and warm boots, just in case.

Consider your visibility

  • Wear reflective gear or light-colored clothing to help your operator see you — mornings and evenings in the winter can be very dark. It can also be helpful to carry a flashlight.

Be safe

  • Give yourself extra time to get to the bus stop, station, or transit center. With possibly slick roads and sidewalks, it may be necessary to be cautious.
  • Be cautious of ice or snow when waiting for the bus. It is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to clear the sidewalk. We ask all adjacent property owners to also help clear a path from the sidewalk to the curb so riders can board safely.
  • Take caution when boarding the bus. Please wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before trying to board. Snow and ice may make bus floors slippery, so please try to use the handrails when boarding the bus and finding your seat.

Bus Stop Clearing

Metro staff is responsible for clearing transit centers and shelters, while sidewalks are the responsibility of adjacent property owners/tenants, as stated in the Omaha Municipal Code. We ask them to also clear a path from the sidewalk to the curb so riders can board safely. 

To report uncleared sidewalks near your bus stop, call 402-444-5283. To report any snow or ice at a Metro transit center or shelter, please call Customer Service at 402-341-0800 or use our online comment form.