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Metro Transit helping the homeless and those waiting for a bus

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Metro Transit is trying to make it easier to stay warm during these frigid winter days, both for the homeless and for those using the transfer points.

The Madison area bus system provided special service on Tuesday from two overnight homeless shelters, at St. John's Lutheran Church and First United Methodist, to the daytime shelter at Grace Episcopal Church.

The special service will continue Tuesday night, with Metro Transit going from Grace back to St. John's and First Methodist from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Passengers waiting for buses at the four transfer points can sit on parked, warmed buses instead of out in the cold.

This service was offered Monday afternoon and started again at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, and will continue through the morning rush hour until 9:30 a.m.

If necessary, depending on the frigid temperatures, Metro Transit could set up warming buses at the transfer stations Tuesday afternoon.

The YMCA of Dane County is also offering a special service on Tuesday, drop-in car at all three branches for parents who need to take there children somewhere because schools are closed.

Parents can bring their kids to the Lussier Family East, Lussier Family West or Northwest YMCA until 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for the drop-in programs.

Cost is $35 per child for YMCA facility members, $50 per child for program members (just using the drop-in).

Parents are asked to provide a bag lunch for their kids; snacks will be provided by the YMCA.

Children have to be picked up by 6 p.m.

Public Health Madison and Dane County will not run their clinics on Tuesday because of the weather.

That includes the WIC, STI and immunization clinics.

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