Malliotakis Calls on DOT, DSNY to Improve Bus Stop Snow Removal
In a letter sent to Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), and Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref – Brooklyn, Staten Island) urged the agencies to improve their work removing snow from MTA bus stops.
“In the past 48 hours my office has experienced a number of complaints with regard to the maintenance of MTA bus stops. While Sanitation personnel performed an admirable job of keeping our streets plowed and salted, a number of bus stops in both the Brooklyn and Staten Island parts of my district were simply “plowed in” and were never cleared to permit access between the sidewalk and the street,” the letter reads. “Faced with a frozen wall of snow, those waiting for the bus have been forced to stand in the street and, combined with wet roads, find themselves in a dangerous situation. As you are well aware, the sustained dip in temperature has slowed the snowmelt and the present conditions endure.”
The two city agencies share responsibility for removing snow at bus stops, with DOT clearing those with bus shelters and DSNY clearing bus stops without shelters.
“As we prepare for the next storm, whether next week or next winter, I respectfully urge that DSNY and DOT improve communication on this task. To begin the conversation, I suggest that a plan be developed to share the plowing schedule and map between your agencies so that personnel can be deployed to clear paths through the resulting snowbanks as quickly as possible,” the letter continues. “All New Yorkers share the frustration of dealing with snowstorms, but it is imperative that we mitigate hazardous conditions wherever they exist. Forcing bus patrons to wait in the street is more than an inconvenience, and risks ending in tragedy.”