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Folks endure record freezing temps to ride the bus to work

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ABC21) – Folks endured sub-zero temperatures as they waited to ride the bus to work.

Fort Wayne hit record freezing temperatures the city has not seen in decades. Some areas of the city experienced wind chills as low as thirty-five below zero.

Many passengers said the Citilink bus was their only transportation to get to work.

A man said he has never felt anything as cold as Wednesday’s extreme weather conditions.

“It ain’t no joke,” Darryl Love, a passenger said. “But it may be true that the poles may be changing because it feels like Alaska out there now.”

Folks wore multiple layers of clothing as they waited at the Citilink Central Station.

Passengers said many bus drivers went the extra mile to keep folks warm.

“It’s good. There’s still some good people left,” Love said. “It gives you hope. They care for you. At least they’re not passing you by. Man I felt grateful. Thank you Jesus.”

A bus driver said the appreciation from passengers made them feel warm inside.

“Nobody wants to see anybody freeze to death for no reason at all,” Marquitta Flournoy, a bus driver said. “I mean they need shelter.”

“Just like the firemen are still working and the policemen are still working, bus drivers are still working as well,” Betsy Kachmar, Marketing and Community Development Manager for Citilink said. “We have responsibility to the community to make sure they can stay mobile.”

Citilink officials said they recommend passengers to check their website for updated bus schedules. They said this will help passengers limit their time outside in the freezing temperatures.

For more information on the Citilink bus schedules, click here.



Louie Tran

Louie Tran is the weekend anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC at 6 and 11pm and a weekday general assignment reporter. To share story ideas, please email him at

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