Springfield council meets to discuss bus stop snow clearing

Bud Williams' proposal was referred to committee

Springfield City Hall is seen here in a WWLP file image.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s City Council  discussed who’s responsible for clearing the snow from city bus stops Sunday night.

Springfield city councilor Bud Williams wants state lawmakers to make the PVTA clear the snow from their bus stops. Currently, there is no state law clarifying responsibility.

Williams’ proposal was referred to committee.

Williams told 22News his biggest concern is safety. “When you’re dealing with the physically challenged in wheelchairs in the middle of winter, it doesn’t have to be 50 inches of snow, it could be 1 or 2 inches of snow. And then their disability really kicks in. So we’ve got to be mindful of that.”

PVTA administrator Mary Macinnes said at the meeting it’s not the PVTA’s responsibility.

Weeks ago, the PVTA provided shovels, picks, and ice melt to the Hampden County Sheriff’s department, which brought in crews of inmates to do the shoveling.

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