[Summit] [blackstone-neighborhood] Snowstorm 3 bulletin 4: Parking ban, schools, RIPTA, MBTA, Mass State of Emergency

'David Kolsky' via Blackstone Neighborhood Organization blackstone-neighborhood-organization at googlegroups.com
Mon Feb 9 20:06:06 CST 2015


Too much to report while it's still timely and most useful.

Let's hope we can refind our bearings (and restock our larders) before the next storm, maybe Thursday.

Dave

1. Wayland Square businesses and conditions
2. Citywide parking ban til 6 a.m. Tuesday; Prov. schools open
3. RIPTA detours 12 routes
4. Mass. & MBTA alerts and State of Emergency
5. Miscellaneous notices (Y & JCC)

¶ 1. Wayland Square this evening

I walked out for supplies and a bit on Lloyd & Elmgrove and then Angell & Wayland between 4:45 and 7:30 tonight. It is possible though not easy to walk, at least without too much traffic other than a few snow shovellers. While the snow had stopped by 8 p.m., the wind picked up to compensate.

Eastside Mart (formerly Bahra's) was the only business open on Lloyd & Elmgrove at 4:50 Monday night. The Butcher Shop (normally open til 7 p.m.) was closed. But then the bank normally closes at 4 and some other businesses take Monday off anyway.

Eastside Mart, CVS and Starbucks are all fairly well-stocked and open til 10 p.m. All of today's newspapers were still available. CVS was stronger in soups, but less so in perishables (bread, milk, juice, sandwiches), while Eastside Mart was stronger in juice and milk.

Teas & Javas was closed, and Lim's is normally closed on Mondays. Minerva's Pizza was surprisingly short of delivery orders, as well as walk-in trade, and so was planning to close early at 8 p.m. Red Stripe and L'Artisan bakery were both open, in addition to Starbucks. (I didn't venture far enough south to check Haruki East, McBride's or the Salted Slate.)

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¶ 2. City parking ban; public schools open Tuesday

(via Jessica Jennings of West Broadway's association)

Monday, February 09, 2015
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
Citywide Parking Ban in Effect Until 6AM on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

PROVIDENCE, RI – A citywide parking ban will remain in effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed in the wake of the snow storm.
Providence Public Schools will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, February 10, 2015.
 
Trash collection will resume on Tuesday, on a holiday schedule, meaning that pick-up will be delayed by one day throughout the week.
 
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¶ 3. RIPTA

A. UPDATE 4:35PM 

RIPTA TO DETOUR TWELVE ROUTES DUE TO WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2015

Most Routes Experience 10 to 20 Minute Delays

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced that twelve routes are on detour this afternoon, Monday, February 9, 2015. Accumulating snow in some areas and unplowed snow on secondary roads make it difficult for RIPTA vehicles to travel safely. Routes 6, 18, 27, 29, 34, 51, 54, 55, 58, 73, 87, and 92 are on currently on detour. RIPTA will continue to restore service on those routes as conditions allow and will also advise riders of any other detours due to the storm. Passengers are encouraged to check www.RIPTA.com for updates throughout the day. Riders may expect some delays on all routes due to weather conditions and are advised to use extreme caution at bus stops due to decreased visibility and slippery conditions.

The safety of our employees and passengers is RIPTA’s top priority. RIPTA apologizes for the inconvenience and asks for the public’s understanding as we work around the clock to maintain service during this storm.

The following routes are on detour:

Route 6 (Prairie Avenue):
No service to CCRI Providence campus, buses will stay on Prairie Avenue.

Route 18 (Union Ave):
Trips will not service Chapin Avenue and Ellery Street.

Outbound trips will travel the regular route to Cranston Street, stay left on Cranston Street, right onto Messer, then left onto Union Avenue where regular route will resume.

Inbound trips will travel the regular route to Union Avenue and Messer Street, left onto Cranston Street, and then resume regular route.

Route 27 (Broadway/Manton):
Trips will not service Hillcrest Village Apartments.

Route 29 (Kent County):
Trips will not service Phenix Hotel. Trips will travel the regular route to Main Street, right onto Main Street, right onto Pleasant Street, left onto Highland Street, left onto Main Street and then resume regular route.

Route 34 (East Providence):
No service to the rear of Evergreen Apartments.

Route 51 (Charles Street): NEW
Trips will not service CCRI Campus; buses will terminate at Twin River.

Route 54 (Lincoln/Woonsocket): NEW
Trips will not service CCRI Campus.

Route 55 (Admiral/Prov College):
Trips will not service Fatima Hospital.

Trips will not service Providence College; Inbound and outbound trips will use Admiral Street. Buses will terminate at Shaw’s Plaza.

Route 58 (Mineral Spring/North Providence): UPDATE
Trips to Georgiaville Manor on request only.

Route 73 (Fairmount/CCRI): NEW
Trips will not service CCRI Campus; buses will terminate at Twin River.

Route 87 (Fairmount/Walnut Hill):
Trips will not service Fairmount Street and Morin Heights.

Westbound trips from Depot Square will travel the regular route to River Street, left onto Fairmount Street, right onto Second Street, right onto River Street and then resume regular route. REVERSE on Eastbound trips.

Inbound and Outbound trips will use Cass Avenue.

Route 92 (RI College/ Federal Hill/East Side): UPDATE
Westbound trips from Kennedy Plaza will travel the regular route to Eagle Street, right onto Eagle Street, left onto Valley Street, right onto Atwells Avenue and then resume regular route.

Passengers are strongly advised to monitor news reports, check www.RIPTA.com and RIPTA’s social media outlets (Facebook @RideRIPTA, Twitter @RIPTA_RI) for service advisory updates. RIPTA urges passengers to sign up for electronic News Updates at http://www.ripta.com/detours-news; RIPTA will e-mail system disruption notices to passengers on this distribution list.

B. RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY URGES SNOW REMOVAL AROUND SHELTERS AND BUS STOPS
RIPTA Asks Property Owners and Municipalities to Remember Pedestrian Safety

As the snow piles higher this winter, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is asking municipal governments, businesses and property owners to please remember pedestrian safety by keeping sidewalks and bus stops clear. Many people rely on walking and public transit as their primary ways to get around, and without a clear path through snow and ice it is very difficult for them – particularly seniors, children or people with difficulties.

“We understand that even though it’s only mid-February this winter has overwhelmed many people when it comes to snow removal,” said Barbara Polichetti, Director of Public Affairs for RIPTA. “It’s not easy, but we are asking people to make an effort to keep areas around bus stops and bus shelters clear.”

Probably the most daunting task as winter progresses and snow piles up along curbs is cutting a path from the sidewalk to the street at bus stops. RIPTA drivers will try to accommodate riders wherever possible to help them avoid snow banks.

RIPTA has about 4,000 bus stops throughout the state (about 400 of which are bus shelters) and does not have the ability to clear all those locations. The transit authority does remove snow and ice at its transit hubs, such as Kennedy Plaza, and has hired a contractor to remove snow around the stops on the busy R-line which runs from the Cranston-Providence line into downtown Pawtucket. In addition, RIPTA has an agreement with Lamar Advertising which requires the company to clear snow from nearly two-dozen bus shelters in the state.

RIPTA is asking municipalities to direct their Public Works crews to remove snow from bus shelters and bus stops whenever possible. “We appreciate the efforts from public entities and private property owners so far this winter,” Polichetti said. “It’s important to keep pedestrians safe at all times, particularly when there are hazardous driving conditions as there are now.”


©2015 RIPTA | 705 Elmwood Ave.| Providence, RI | 02907

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¶ 4. Commonwealth of Massachusetts
& Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

A. Mass.Gov alerts

http://www.mass.gov/alert/alertlanding.html#2138734

State of Emergency Alert
Last updated at February 09, 2015 06:10 PM

Effective Immediately: Governor Baker has signed a Declaration of Emergency for Massachusetts ensuring state resources are available and coordinated for storm preparation and to enable swift response among the state, cities and towns. The state of emergency declaration will allow expedited use of state resources, the ability to request and receive mutual aid assistance from other states or the federal government if needed, the immediate procurement and deployment of goods and services necessary for response and other actions as considered necessary by the Governor. The state of emergency shall remain in effect until notice is given in the Governor's judgment that it is no longer necessary.
 
State Employee Notification 2/10
Last updated at February 09, 2015 05:43 PM

The Governor has directed that non-emergency Executive Branch employees living or working in the following counties should not report to their workplace on Tuesday, February 10, 2015:

    Suffolk County
    Middlesex County
    Essex County
    Norfolk County

All other employees should report to their workplace as normal.
 
MBTA Services Alert
Last updated at February 09, 2015 05:30 PM

On Tuesday, all MBTA rail services (Subway, Trolley, and Commuter Rail) will be suspended all day while maintenance crews continue to clear snow and ice from tracks, the third rail and switches.  Mechanical forces will continue to assess the damage done to subway cars, trolleys, locomotives and passenger coaches.  

Bus service will be available on an extremely limited basis with various buses on snow routes  Buses will run with delays due to traffic congestion and local street conditions.  

PLEASE NOTE: Bus customers will not be able to make transfers at customary intermodal points due to the suspension of rail service.  Customers need to be aware of this before starting their commutes.

B. Gov. Baker's Declaration of a State of Emergency

http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/gov-announces-partial-closures-state-of-emergency.html

 For Immediate Release - February 09, 2015	

Governor Baker Announces Partial State Office Closures for Tuesday, Issues state of emergency declaration for mutual aid process as MBTA announces suspension of services

BOSTON – This evening at the Massachusetts State House, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency, effective immediately, for the Commonwealth to pursue mutual aid initiatives with other states.  He also announced state office closures for non-emergency personnel who live or work in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk or Suffolk counties.

The declaration was issued in the midst of the third significant snow storm that has impacted the Commonwealth in the last two weeks, with today's storm dropping up to two feet of snow in parts of Massachusetts.  The state of emergency has been ordered to expedite the use of resources to assist local municipalities and to request and deploy federal and interstate resources as cleanup efforts continue.

“Three storms in two weeks have dropped historic amounts of snow on the Commonwealth, complicating cleanup and snow removal efforts, despite round the clock shifts,” said Governor Baker. “A state of emergency was declared tonight only to allow emergency officials to begin enacting the mutual aid process with our neighboring states and the private sector to secure much needed heavy equipment for snow removal.  In addition, non-emergency state employees who either live or work in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk or Suffolk counties should not report to work tomorrow to make way for cleanup efforts in the greater Boston area.”

Partial State Office Closure – Tuesday, February 10th, 2015: Non-emergency state employees who either live or work in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk or Suffolk counties should not report to work tomorrow.

State of Emergency – Effective Immediately: Governor Baker has signed a Declaration of Emergency for Massachusetts ensuring state resources are available and coordinated for storm preparation and to enable swift response among the state, cities and towns. The state of emergency declaration will allow expedited use of state resources, the ability to request and receive mutual aid assistance from other states or the federal government if needed, the immediate procurement and deployment of goods and services necessary for response and other actions as considered necessary by the Governor. The state of emergency shall remain in effect until notice is given in the Governor's judgment that it is no longer necessary.

MBTA Closure – Tuesday, February 10th, 2015: The MBTA has announced all subway, trolley and commuter rail services will be suspended to allow maintenance crews to clear snow and ice from tracks, the third rail and switches. Bus services will be available on an extremely limited basis and customers will not be able to make transfers at customary intermodal points due to suspended rail services.

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© 2015 Commonwealth of Massachusetts

¶ 5. Miscellaneous notices (Y & JCC)

(from Cheryl Simmons' mass e-mailings)

Monday, February 9, 2015 2:32 PM

1)  Jewish Community Center Fitness Center will close at 4:00 pm.

2)  The YMCA of Greater Providence will close all branches at 5:00 pm.

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