Walkers, transit riders get lost in high snow
Blogger Richard Layman has a well-reasoned article out focusing on the problems of maintaining walking and transit corridors during a snow emergency when it seemed all of government's efforts were focused on opening up travel lanes for vehicles. His article focuses on Washington, but a lot applies to Baltimore.
This has been a serious issue in Baltimore and its environs in the wake to the double snowstorms that hit earlier this month. Sidewalk clearance was spotty at best, and many bus stops still remain inaccessible -- forcing transit riders to wait in the streets.
There's no easy answer to this problem when Baltimore is faced by as much snow as it was. The Maryland Transit Administration doesn't own the 8,000-some bus stops in the region, and the city doesn't have the resources to clear them all. And snow removal at a bus stop can be a much more hands-on job that it is on a street.
But pedestrian and transit issues need to be a big part of any post-action review of regional snow removal efforts. We've been lucky the casulaty count among bus riders and pedestrians has remained mercifully low given the dangers out there.