EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) The cold weather has made for longer lines at the bus stop, which are most visible at U.W. Eau Claire.
Colder temperatures mean fewer bikers and walkers on streets and sidewalks.
“Any sort of big weather patterns you're gonna historically see an increase in ridership,” Eau Claire Transit Manager Mike Branco
With a high of eight degrees Tuesday, Eau Claire buses offered nearly 5,500 trips, compared to about 4,000 on Nov. 5, when the high was 43.
Branco said buses can reach capacity quickly.
“There are times when we turn away 13 to 14 people at a stop, on the university routes especially.”
Branco said in poor conditions, buses can take longer to get to their stops, but riders should arrive early to avoid being left behind.
“You don't want to take the chance to miss the bus, or else you'll be waiting a really long time.”
Branco said there are plans to build up to 30 bus shelters in the next three years to get riders out of the wind.
He said anyone who is left behind by a full bus should call the transit office to see if another is on its way.