Bus stops throughout the neighborhood were blocked by snow on Wednesday, as plows often push the snow into piles right in the spots where people are supposed to wait.
As Heidi Stubner wrote the snow mounds are “Dangerous when it’s not shoveled. Especially for elderly and handicapped.” She snapped the photos above and below on Broadway between 96th and 97th.
Other stops were also blocked.
This is the M104 bus stop on Broadway and 79th street pic.twitter.com/LWE7eFDKmq
— Kate Hinds (@katehinds) February 3, 2021
This is the bus stop at 67 and CPW, but it could be any bus stop anywhere. Waiting in active traffic for a busbis not something anyone should do, and something I can't do if I have my toddler or infant with me. If you win, prioritize pedestrians and transit! pic.twitter.com/a8ZDU0Dsnr
— Sarah Davis Grover (@bazilli) February 3, 2021
The Department of Transportation tells us that bus stops are the responsibility of the Department of Sanitation, unless they’re bus shelters — in which case they’re controlled by a private company called JC Decaux. That company did not respond to a request for comment, but the Sanitation Department responded:
Your reader is correct that this is a time-intensive process – it cannot begin in earnest until snowfall is over and the streets are made passable for emergency vehicles, but once that ends, we get into it right away. Given that this was a historic snowfall, DSNY had over 300 emergency Snow Laborers out yesterday working specifically on bus stops, crosswalks, and similar spots, and over 350 people doing this job today. We expect to employ a similar number tomorrow until every corner and street is safely passable.
There are a few things people can do to help. First of all, anyone who wants to become one of these Snow Laborers can visit nyc.gov/snow – they get paid $15/hour to start. Secondly, we ask anyone clearing their car or sidewalk not to dump snow back into the street.
Thank you for sharing this – we will continue working and try to get it done right away.