Freezing temps delay Twin Cities’ buses


AUBURN — Wednesday’s frigid temperatures wreaked havoc on some early morning Citylink bus schedules.

Buses on five Citylink routes missed their first morning runs Wednesday while crews dealt with frozen air lines in the buses and complications with cold diesel fuel.

“Diesel fuel will gel up and we need to change filters,” said Sandy Buchanan, general manager of Western Maine Transportation. Western Maine operates the Citylink Bus system.

“This can happen just going down the road,” Buchanan said. “This happens even when you have vehicles kept warm inside overnight. When they go out, the cold air hits the warm air and it causes problems.”

Buchanan said the cold is also a problem with pneumatic air systems that open the bus doors and release the brakes.

Temperatures caused delays on the Main, Lisbon, Sabattus and College street buses in Lewiston and on the New Auburn route.

The cold weather is expected to continue through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Buchanan said people that depend on the bus system should plan accordingly. They can call Western Maine at 784-9335, extension 1, to check status on the buses, visit the website or follow @purplebusla on Twitter. Western Maine announces all delays on that social media, according Marsha Bennett of the Lewiston Auburn Transit Committee.

“We just want to make sure people are bundled up warm and prepared in case there is a delay,” Buchanan said.

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