By Ken Tucci, WBZ-TV

Who is responsible for cleaning snow at bus stops?  I take the bus every morning, and I have to wait on the street because the snow is piled in front of the stop, and these piles are just getting bigger and bigger.  – Diane, Dorchester

And with another storm on the way we can’t expect much improvement.

But here’s the deal.  There are about 8000 bus stops in the MBTA system, but only about 150 of them are actually owned by the “T.”  And those are the only ones the system is responsible for keeping clear of snow.  The rest are the responsibility of the property owner that abuts the bus stop.  So that could be a city or a private landowner.

The only good news I can give you is that the MBTA has set up a website so you can figure out which bus stop is which, and complain to the proper entity if your bus stop is a snowy mess.   Find it here.

What has it been like for you this winter if you ride the commuter rail, the subway or the bus?

Comments (4)
  1. outraged says:

    I am so tired of the Boston DPW passing the buck on this matter. It’s the city’s job to clear the sidewalks regardless of whether there is a bus stop or not. Period. It’s that simple.

  2. DeAnne says:

    Imagine all the money the city could make off of people who don’t shovel out bus stops or their sidewalks. I’ve had more than enough trouble just trying to get around on a sidewalk because nothing’s done (like a snowed over, iced, unshoveled bridge on West St in Hyde Park) just trying to get where I need to go. If money isn’t incentive enough to have people make the walkways safer for us, then I don’t know what is.

  3. emom says:

    Wait BRIDGES<<< thats city problems not residents,,, NO WAY is it the private home owner or even the business owner thats the cities across the state to maintain , BUT AHHH GVO LUCK IN GETTING THEM OF THEIR HYNIES AND DOING A DESCENT DAYS WORK, no they just drive around , drop no salt/salt mix and pretend to work, and scam the heck out of the state for money… YEAH HOWS THOSE GPS WORKING FOR YOU . not to good if you ask me

  4. Annmarie says:

    i am not happy with the trains i think they should do a better job
    of posting canceling trains.
    my hubby went to the train station in franklin park he was getting the early train 610 am he was on time but they cancel his train 5 min before it was going to be in the park.
    if they are going to cancel the trains i think they shoud do a better job,
    for last 2 days my hubby had not gone to work in south station becasue of the trains. he went in today the trains was on time first time all week.

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