[Summit] [blackstone-neighborhood] Snowstorm 3 bulletin 5: Misc. - RIPTA & Logan updates, Brown U, Mass Natl Guard

'David Kolsky' via Blackstone Neighborhood Organization blackstone-neighborhood-organization at googlegroups.com
Tue Feb 10 16:28:56 CST 2015

This is a grab-bag of items that will be useful or interesting to some, but not all.

1. City's “Snow Ready” page
2. RIPTA’s Tuesday morning update
3. Massachusetts & Logan Airport
4. Snow mass challenges disabled Brown students

RIPTA is currently sending out notices about individual routes two or three times a day, sometimes just changing a few items. I don't want to send out every one of those by itself, but by the time I can wrap one or two into a larger bulletin, they may have lost its usefulness (e.g. 8 a.m. notices about morning runs). 

On the other hand, any prospective rider would like to know in good time if a specific bus is missing its schedule, his departure stop or her destination, and I would strongly urge those prospective riders not to rely on my variable message packets but to check at the RIPTA website or sign up for one of RIPTA's news services (e-mail or social media).

Hoping again that the more-optimistic forecasts for Thursday prove true,


¶ 1. City of Providence “Snow Ready” page

(Thanks to Cheryl Simmons for her reminder of this page)

When snow season arrives, City crews, residents and businesses need to work together to manage challenging winter weather conditions.

The Providence Public Works Department is responsible for clearing snow and ice on more than 421 miles of City-maintained roads in the City of Providence.

City of Providence Snow Facts

 *   Over 130 pieces of equipment are available for every storm, including plows, tractors, snow blowers, graders, loaders and pickup trucks.
 *   Materials and equipment are housed at one central location in Providence.
 *   Public Works replenishes supplies after every storm.

Click on the link below to download Providence's Snow Ready flyer, read more about the City's snow and ice removal policies, and get tips on how you can prepare for winter weather:


¶ 2. RIPTA update

UPDATE 8:45a (Tues. 10 Feb.) 


Most Routes Experience 10 to 20 Minute Delays

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced that nine routes are on detour this morning, Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Accumulated snow in some areas and unplowed snow on secondary roads make it difficult for RIPTA vehicles to travel safely. Routes 3, 6, 18, 27, 29, 34, 58, 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 restore regular service.

The following routes are on detour:

Route 3 (Warwick Avenue):
Outbound trips will not use Public Street; trips will travel the regular route to Eddy Street, continuing on Eddy Street to Thurbers Avenue, left onto Thurbers Avenue, right onto Allens Avenue and then resume regular route.

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 on Cranston Street, right onto the Rte. 10 on-ramp, stay right at the Union Avenue Exit, left onto Union Avenue and then resume regular route. REVERSE on Inbound.

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 right on 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.

Trips leaving Evergreen will continue on Evergreen Drive, right onto Warren Avenue and then resume regular route.

Route 58 (Mineral Spring/North Prov):
Trips to Georgiaville Manor are by request ONLY.

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.

Inbound and Outbound trips will use Cass Avenue.

Route 92 (RI College/ Federal Hill/East Side):
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.

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

¶ 3. Massport (Logan Airport) 
& Commonwealth of Massachusetts

A. UPDATE: MassPort Services
Last updated at February 10, 2015 01:30 PM

Logan Airport is open but winter weather may impact air travel. Parking is available on-site and at all Logan Express locations. Logan Express buses running normal schedules. The MBTA Silver Line is running to/from Logan & South Station. Please check with your airline on flight status before heading to airport & allow for extra travel time.


B. Governor Baker's actions and announcements


For Immediate Release - February 10, 2015
Governor Baker Deploys National Guard, Requests Additional Equipment for Snow Removal

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today announced the deployment of 500 Massachusetts National Guardsmen to assist with snow removal and cleanup efforts for areas of the Commonwealth most impacted by heavy snowfall from recent winter storms.

The National Guard will mobilize their heavy equipment, including front end loaders, bobcats, and dump trucks, to communities starting this afternoon to assist with snow removal.  Other National Guard teams will be deployed to shovel out fire hydrants, dig out passageways, and clear snow around public safety building or critical areas.  The Vermont National Guard will also be sending equipment and personnel to Massachusetts to assist with cleanup efforts.

Governor Baker also announced that through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Commonwealth has authorized the purchase of two additional snow-melting machines and more heavy equipment from surrounding states to clear roadways and sidewalks.  The snow-melters can process about 120 tons of snow per hour, or about 25 truckloads of snow every hour. MEMA will coordinate these resources to the communities with the greatest public safety need.

“The Commonwealth has been hit by historic storms and unpreceded snowfall, posing challenges for cities and towns struggling with clean up,” said Governor Baker.  “After three major storms in two weeks and multiple discussions with MEMA, State Police and the National Guard, we have deployed 500 National Guardsmen to dig out fire hydrants and other critical assets.  We have also secured heavy equipment from the Vermont National Guard and purchased additional snow melters to assist communities in need.  It has been a difficult winter for the people of Massachusetts, but we encourage everyone to remain patient and help shovel sidewalks, driveways, and safely clear roofs.  Our goal is to help all municipalities safely return to working order as quickly as possible.”

Last night, the Baker Administration declared a state of emergency and ordered non-emergency personnel who live or work in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk or Suffolk counties not to report to work today.

The following updates have been announced by the Baker Administration:

Deployment of the Massachusetts National Guard – Tuesday, February 10th, 2015: 
The Massachusetts National Guard will deploy 500 Guardsmen to assist with snow removal and cleanup efforts for critical assets in select cities and towns.  200 Guardsmen will deploy in 50 teams of 4 men and women per Humvee to assist cities and towns to dig out fire hydrants and other critical assets.  The remainder of the Guardsmen will operate heavy machinery to remove snow.

Request for Mutual Assistance – Tuesday, February 10th, 2015: 
Through MEMA, the Commonwealth has authorized the purchase of two additional snow-melting machines and requested 200 additional pieces of heavy equipment from neighboring states (front end loaders, dump trucks, bobcats, backhoes) for mutual assistance.

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 today.

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.

© 2015 Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 


¶ 4. Brown students' accessibility issues

(From today's Brown Daily Herald)

Severe snow challenges campus accessibility

Student, SEAS communication ‘lost in translation’ amidst back-to-back storms

By Emma Harris
University News Editor

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Despite great efforts by Student and Employee Accessibility Services and Facilities Management to make campus accessible, intense winter conditions still present challenges to students with mobility concerns, and many University efforts have been thwarted by unforeseen circumstances.

Though SEAS is “incredible” in creating a plan for snow accessibility and being in frequent communication with students, the implementation of their strategy this winter has proved more difficult, said Ruben Graml ’17.

Graml, who uses a motorized scooter to navigate campus, said, “Theoretically, everything should work,” but often, even three or four days after snow has fallen, not everything is cleared. Plans are “lost in translation.”

When University operations were canceled Jan. 27, Graml said he had to stay inside all day. The next morning, his plan was to get a ride with the SEAS shuttle from his dorm to his class, but when he tried to leave the building, Graml found the sidewalk outside of Barbour Hall was “not even cleared enough to get to the shuttle.”....



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