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GRTC to resume normal schedule Friday; riders warned of possible a.m. delays

Transit company officials: Road conditions are 'rapidly declining'
Posted at 1:29 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 17:06:40-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- GRTC plans to return its normal schedule Friday and plans to operate normal routes on time, officials announced Thursday afternoon.

However, officials cautioned that riders should "prepare for service delays Friday, especially in the morning."

"GRTC will be monitoring conditions and may require detours on certain routes, including from tree damage or low-hanging power lines blocking roads," a GRTC spokesperson wrote. "If Snow Routes are needed, GRTC will update the public."

Customers can check for updates online at rideGRTC.com or by an pdated recording at 804-358-GRTC.

Additionally, officials said the GRTC Customer Service Call Center 804-358-4782 will be open Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The CARE Customer Service Call Center 804-782-CARE (2273) will be open Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The news comes after bus service in Richmond and Petersburg was suspended Thursday as an ice storm gripped Central Virginia.

Additionally, Petersburg Area Transit (PAT) ended service at 1:15 p.m. because of "rapidly declining road conditions."

Anyone with questions about PAT service, can call call 804-733-2450 and press option 2.

The cancellations comes as scattered freezing rain will continue tonight and the first part of Friday.

Final ice accumulations will average 1/4" to 3/4" in many areas, according to meteorologists.

Winter storm warnings continue for the majority of the CBS 6 viewing area.