Persisting dangerously cold temperatures in Lawrence are presenting challenges for the city’s solid waste division and transit services.
Lawrence Transit has canceled service for Friday and Saturday, according to a news release from the city Friday morning.
“The extreme cold is causing technical issues with the fuel, and buses are not able to operate reliably,” according to the release. “This decision is being made with the safety of drivers and passengers in mind. Lawrence Transit will still be able to provide life sustaining T Lift trips such as dialysis.”
Service was already set to be canceled for Christmas (Sunday, Dec. 25). It will resume with Night Line service starting at midnight Monday and going into Monday morning.
In addition, the solid waste division’s commercial and cardboard “OCC” routes will not be serviced Friday because of some equipment and logistical challenges, according to another release from the city. Those routes will be serviced beginning Monday (Dec. 26), and they will continue throughout next week until they are caught up, according to the release.
“If equipment breakdowns continue, it could cause some residential solid waste collection routes to be missed this week. If that happens, the solid waste team will collect residential trash and recycling on their next scheduled day of service.”
According to the National Weather Service in Topeka, the high for Friday was expected to be 9°. Overnight wind chills could be as low as 20 degrees below 0° going into Saturday morning.
Riders can find out if there are further changes to bus service by visiting lawrencetransit.org, calling 785-864-4644, following Lawrence Transit on Facebook, @LawrenceTransit, on Twitter, @TransitLawrence, or through announcements on the My Bus Lawrence app, available at lawrencetransit.org/mobile-tools.
Contact the solid waste division with questions at 785-832-3032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.