Public transit and residents recover from snow storm

Franklin Regional Transit Authority closed their routes

A snow plows clears snow from the Long Island Expressway, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in Mineola, N.Y. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Everyone in Franklin county back on the road again, but drivers could still run into problems because of the snow.

Franklin county public transportation is back and running after Monday’s storm. Road conditions forced The Franklin Regional Transit Authority to cancel service after 5:00 p.m. on Monday night.

“We rely on our general manager and his team who are out on the road, the front line managers, to make a lot of those determinations,” Michael Perreault of the Franklin Regional Transit Authority told 22News. “You know, are the roads safe for us.”

Greenfield police told 22News all roads are open. Most residential streets have been plowed and continue to be treated, butt there are several snowbanks and slick roads posing problems for drivers. Franklin county saw about one foot of snow after the storm. They had about 10 inches in East Charlemont and 13 inches in Ashfield. Franklin county had the second highest snowfall measurements in Western Massachusetts. Hampden county had the most snowfall with 17 inches in some areas.

Greenfield residents have used snow blowers to get rid of the snow, but it still isn’t enough. Walter Pulaski of Greenfield told 22News, “I had a lot of trouble trying to get rid of ice. I’ve ended up using some rock salt to try and melt it, trying to clean the snow off and let the sun get at it.”

On top of dealing with the ice, Pulaski said he wasn’t told whether the recycling pickup had been canceled. 22News called the The Department of Public Works which told us they send notices to media and residents in advance if they ever need to cancel a service due to weather.

The Franklin Regional Transit Authority says they will always post on their website and social media when they need to cancel their services.

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