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Know Your Snow Route
Routes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 17

Winter weather in the Truckee Meadows is unpredictable. Snowfall can vary from a light dusting to several feet and winter storm conditions can differ from one neighborhood to the next. Planning ahead of winter storms keeps passengers safe and buses rolling. The RTC RIDE “Snow Navigation Action Plan” identifies snow removal and de-icing needs and which routes could detour for safety reasons. The actions we take are meant to reduce accidents, injuries and crashes. Our goal is to continue to provide safe and efficient transit service no matter how many winter storms come to town.

Snow Routes
It is critical that buses operate safely on route. Some roads are difficult to serve safely in snow or ice due to steep hills or sharp turns. If roads are determined to be impassable, we will detour from normal routing on a predetermined Snow Route. RTC RIDE Routes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, or 17 could be detoured if snow or ice make driving difficult in identified areas. RTC RIDE may activate these detours at anytime during a storm. Buses will return to normal routing as conditions improve. Service on all routes could be delayed or detoured during extreme storm conditions.

Snow Closure Icon
Detours due to snow and ice require the closure of stops along the normal route. Bus stops which close when a Snow Route is active are identified by the Snow Closure Icon. Snow Route maps are provided above to allow riders to identify the nearest alternative bus stops which remain open when the Snow Route is active. Printed Snow Route brochures are available at RTC 4TH STREET STATION.  


Receive Snow Route Alerts
Sign up for MyRTC to receive free transit alerts and detour updates. When a Snow Route is announced, you will receive notification by email or text message. All Snow Routes are posted on the RTC website and local television and radio stations are notified when Snow Routes are in effect. RTC Passenger Service Associates are available between 7AM and 7PM, Mon-Fri, and 8AM to 5PM on weekends; call 775-348-RIDE (348-7433).

Tips For Riding Transit In Snow and Ice 

  • Use caution when walking to your stop.
  • Signal the bus so that the operator has plenty of time to stop.
  • Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the door opens before approaching the bus.
  • Wear brightly colored and warm clothing.
  • Allow additional time for delays and please be patient.
  • Sign up for MyRTC at rtcwashoe.com to get Snow Route alerts sent to your email address or mobile phone.