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December 07, 2013

T buses shutting down in Fort Worth at 5 p.m. today - Ice too dicey


The Fort Worth Transportation Authority is pulling the plug on public transportation service in western Metroplex, after too many instances of buses sliding around and getting stuck on icy streets. The service will end after the 5 p.m. departures of regular routes, T spokeswoman Joan Hunter said in an email.

Here's a video I shot while slowly and cautiously cruising the icy streets Friday:



"Buses are getting stuck on nearly impassable roads and this will only grow worse after dark," Hunter said. She added that Sunday bus service wouldn't start until 9 a.m.

The Trinity Railway Express is still running between downtown Fort Worth and Dallas, but at least in the western portion of the route motorists should not anticipate being able to make bus connections at the train stations.

It has been a crazy day, as expected, with yesterday's sleet turning into a 3- to 4-inch sheet of ice solid enough to play a hockey tournament on. Motorists endured crazy-long delays on I-35 in Denton's County's Sanger area, as well as I-35E at Lake Lewisville and I-35W at Heritage Trace Parkway. And, local streets were simply impassable in many cities. Here's Bill Hanna's latest weather dispatch from Cowtown.



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