PVTA agrees to clear snow-covered bus stops

Decision made at Springfield City Council meeting

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has come up with a plan to clear snow at certain Springfield bus stops.

At a Springfield City Council meeting Thursday night, the PVTA announced it’ll now be responsible for shoveling all 65 sheltered bus stops in the event of a snow storm. They’ll also shovel 55 other bus stops, frequently used by disabled residents. Those stops will be identified with extra signage.

Last year 22News first exposed that PVTA bus stops weren’t being shoveled, and residents were being put at risk, often forced to stand in the street near traffic.

“It was a step in the right direction. We made tremendous progress from last year. We’ve gone from zero to 80,” said Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams. “When a major storm comes, we’ll see if we have to work out the kinks.”

Up until now, there was debate as to who should be responsible for shoveling the stops, the city of Springfield or the PVTA.

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