Michael Purdie, a Chapel Hill Transit bus driver from Durham, said he doesn’t mind working on snow days.
“The whole town comes together. We know this town operates by Chapel Hill Transit. We know they depend on us,” Purdie said. “So we try to get the folks where they need to go.”
Brian Litchfield, Chapel Hill Transit director, said they must continually monitor conditions.
“We average about 25,000 trips each day,” Litchfield said. “We have to evaluate each route. We’re making determinations in real time.”
Nick Pittman, a Chapel Hill Transit operations manager, said people came in as early as 1 a.m. Tuesday to start checking the far ends of each route.
“We also work with town staff and internal staff to put down sand or ice melt (a salt mixture),” he said.
Pittman said he reminds operators to slow down and be safe. No Chapel Hill Transit buses were involved in accidents Tuesday.
“We work with our operators to teach them defensive driving techniques and really get them trained on how to handle any kind of weather,” Pittman said.