Legislation could make PVTA responsible for clearing snow

It's not a done deal yet, the legislation still needs to be voted on by the full council, signed by the mayor, then make it's way to Boston.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) Springfield city councilors revealed new legislation Friday in a special meeting that would make the PVTA responsible for clearing any snow away from their own bus stops.

It’s been a controversial issue in the city and there were some tense moments Friday.

It’s not a done deal yet, the legislation still needs to be voted on by the full council, signed by the mayor, then make it’s way to Boston.

City Councilor Bud Williams told 22News while it would only impact Springfield, he’s hoping other communities with bus stops will follow suit.

PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes says the PVTA doesn’t have the resources to clean the hundreds of bus stops they have in the city.

She says she’s planning to meet with the mayor soon and come up with a plan that works for everyone.

“We’ll be able to develop a plan on a timely basis and I emphasize timely and it’s also important to note whatever we come up with will actually be implementable,” MacInnes said.

“We’re not here pointing fingers and doing the blame game, but we want someone to be responsible because ultimately this could happen again,” Williams added.

The legislation is in response a story we did here at 22News after our viewers asked us to investigate who’s responsible for shoveling the bus stops.

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