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A week after the beginning of D.C.’s massive blizzard, many bus stops and shelters remain partially blocked due to piles of snow left by plows and other removal efforts.
Part of the problem is that the responsibility for snow removal from bus stops depends on where the stop is located, WMATA said in an advisory on Wednesday.
“Of the 11,000 stops in the region, only about 600 are owned by Metro,” the advisory said. “If the bus stop or shelter is on private property, such as a hospital campus, shopping center, mall or business park, chances are that the property owner or management company has snow clearing responsibility.”
For stops on public streets, which make up the majority of D.C’s bus stops, snow removal efforts fall to the responsibility of the jurisdiction the stop is located in. A request for comment from the D.C. Department of Transportation has not been returned.
On Twitter, D.C. bus riders continue to voice their frustrations with the snow piles, which have caused some bus drivers to pass over snowed-in stops.
@wmata really getting tired of S bus drivers skipping stops. Just happened again with S bus to federal triangle at 16th and Euclid.— Vivi (Forking DC) (@ellinida_dc) January 29, 2016
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