Seattle Mayor says 'storm got ahead of us'

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 23 at 10:04 PM

SEATTLE -- As Seattle city officials begin to look back at their response to Monday's snow storm, some say it was difficult keep up with.

"The storm got ahead of us," McGinn told KING 5 News Tuesday.

According to Mayor McGinn, salt did not prevent ice from building up on city streets.

McGinn said the city is still in the middle of dealing with the aftermath of the storm, so they haven't fully analyzed the response yet.

However, McGinn promised city officials will take a critical look at their response when it comes time to review it in order to learn how they can improve.

King County Metro officials also reflected on the aftermath. All buses operated on snow routes, and Metro officials said the only higher response is their emergency snow response. 

During an emergency snow response, all articulated buses are removed from routes.

Metro officials said by the time the Monday evening commute came around with snow accumulating, it was too late to go into emergency snow response because articulated buses were already in traffic and could not be removed from their routes.

McGinn told people don't use your car, but walk to a bus. Even with the Metro mess, he sticks to that advice.

"I would say last night's commute, whether you were driving or taking a bus you had a hard commute because of the bad conditions," said McGinn.

Another glitch - Metro has not yet installed its real-time GPS communications system. Without live tracking, riders didn't know when the next bus would come.

At the height of Monday evening's commute, Metro officials said 200 buses were stuck in traffic throughout King County. By 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, 75 Metro buses were still stuck. As of Tuesday afternoon, Metro buses were still being towed.

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