NFTA Transporter

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

An Operations Manager Prospective on the Blizzard of 2014

On Tuesday, January 7, a county-wide state of emergency that included highway and business closures as well as numerous towns driving bans did not stop the dedicated employees at Babcock station from doing their jobs.

All of Babcock’s 18 routes covering the southern tier were affected by the storm, by 12 noon the following routes 14, 15, 16, 36, 69, 70, 72, 74 and the 76 were suspended and by 2 p.m., a decision was made to run the rest of Babcock routes just to the city limits until only 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. the bus controllers and street supervisors started calling the remainder of the buses that were still left in service to pull in for the night for the safety of all involved.

Steve Scime said: “I would just like to thank the dedicated Metro employees who came in during the Blizzard of 2014. It takes a lot of effort to do what these individuals do on a mild weather day, but when you take into account sub zero temperatures and lake effect snow, you could have had the makings for a disaster if our employees were not prepared. NFTA Metro is a great organization full of dedicated individuals who put others first.”