Many bus stops still heaped in snow
Reader Marian Foreman raises an important point: As much as drivers complain about snow-choked streets, public transit riders face signigicant challenges too in the form of bus strops that haven't been shoveled out -- forcing patrons to stand in the street.
I don't know that the Maryland Transit Administration can be expected to shovel out each of the thousands of stops in the Baltimore region. The city has its hands full plowing the streets. Clearing bus stops would seem to be an appropriate community endeavor.
Here's an excerpt from Ms. Foreman's email. She sent it Tuesday, but a drive thhroough West Baltimore showed not much has changed, as seen in the photo (right) from a Route 5 bus stop on Druid Park Avenue.
This concerns a very important transportation issue for the Baltimore area. I am talking about MTA bus stops covered up in four, five or six foot high piles of snow. This has led to a very hazardous problems for MTA passengers.
I know you've seen it driving around the city and counties in your vehicle. What I am talking about is people waiting for MTA buses and standing in the street.
Sun photo/Michael Dresser
(On Monday), I was out and about and on Old Court Road in Randallstown, I saw the following: A young guy with two small very restless children waiting in the street for the 77 bus. I saw a young woman on Liberty Road with a baby in a stroller and the stroller was practically out into the middle of the street because she had no place else to stand waiting for a bus. I saw a woman in an electric wheel chair at Liberty Road and Resource Drive waiting for a bus practically in the middle of the street.
These people have no place to stand and safely wait for a bus. I have e-mailed the MTA twice and inquired about them getting crews out to at least shovel or plow a small patch on these bus stops so that pedestrians can wait safely for a bus. So far, I have gotten zero response from the MTA. Perhaps an inquiry or article from you can assist in getting this problem resolved.