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Dallas Area Rapid Transit cancels bus, light rail service. Trinity Metro buses also aren't running.

A photograph of a sign at an empty DART light rail station that says "DART implements severe weather scenario 2, full rail shutdown, limited bus service only"
Christopher Connelly
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KERA News
Dallas Area Rapid Transit canceled light rail service for the duration of the winter storm, leaving Lawnview Station empty on Thursday morning.

On Friday, the transit agencies serving North Texas canceled bus services, tightening restrictions already in place in response to the winter storm.

Updated on Friday, Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m.:

On Friday morning, DART announced a near-complete shutdown through most of the weekend.

"Due to the untenable ice conditions across North Texas, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will suspend all rail and bus services beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 4, through 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 6," an agency press release said.

Also on Friday, Fort Worth-based Trinity Metro canceled bus services through Saturday.

Trinity's TEXRail train to the airport will continue on its regular schedule through the weekend.

The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) trains will operate on on a Saturday schedule throughout both Friday and Saturday.

Both DART and Trinity Metro cancelled paratransit services, including pre-arranged rides, except for medical purposes like dialysis.

DART paratransit riders can re-book trips starting Monday.

Trinity Metro said ACCESS paratransit services will resume Sunday.

The Denton County Transportation Authority has canceled all bus, train and GoZone services, and its website does not indicate when services might resume.

On Thursday, as the winter storm shut down much of North Texas and transit agencies implemented restricted service, commuters who rely on public transit had trouble finding their way.

Waiting for a bus at the MLK Station near Fair Park, city sanitation worker Brandon Jones learned the trains weren’t running just as he tried to start his commute home from work.

“I found that out as soon as I got to the train station,” he said.

And the winter weather, he was learning, “threw all the bus schedules off,” too. So he wasn’t sure how long his normally easy commute home would take him.

DART will operate 14 bus shuttles between rail stations for passengers who need to travel. Meanwhile, bus routes will operate on a Sunday schedule during the same timeframe.

Robert Shumake, on his way to meet up with a friend near Vickery Meadow, said he didn’t mind the longer wait for his bus, even in 20-degree weather. He estimated that his trip uptown would take more than twice as long as usual.

“I’d rather them take their time and get people there safely,” he said.

Got a tip? Christopher Connelly is KERA's One Crisis Away Reporter, exploring life on the financial edge. Email Christopher at cconnelly@kera.org .You can follow Christopher on Twitter @hithisischris.

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Christopher Connelly is a reporter covering issues related to financial instability and poverty for KERA’s One Crisis Away series. In 2015, he joined KERA to report on Fort Worth and Tarrant County. From Fort Worth, he also focused on politics and criminal justice stories.