[Summit] Snowstorm 4 bulletin 3: Wayland Sq., Mayor, State Police, Transit

David Kolsky davidjkolsky at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 15 02:36:24 CST 2015

Here are some more storm notices, some of them repeating earlier announcements but some of them new.

Although the late news reported statements from the governors of both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, I couldn't find their words easily at their web sites.

Let's hope that the snow and wind isn't so great as seems to be likely.

Good luck to all,


1. Wayland Square Valentine's Night
2. Mayor of Providence
3. RI State Police
4. Public Transportation
4 a. RIPTA
4 b. MBTA
4 c. Amtrak
5. Boston Sunday Globe deliveries

# 1. Lloyd & Elmgrove, Saturday night

Because I anticipate a long indoor stay Sunday and much of Monday, I ventured around the corner just before 10 p.m. Saturday for a visit to Eastside Mart --- formerly Bahra's --- on Lloyd just below Elmgrove.

This was during a lull in the snow and wind, so the main problem was several inches of new uncleared snow, forcing pedestrians into the tracks left by some of the few cars still around.

Eastside Mart was open and had replenished much of its stock. So milk, eggs, bread, juice and pet food were in reasonable supply, as well as a greater stock of cans and packaged food than after last Monday's storm.


# 2. Messages from Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza
and Chief Operating Officer Brett Smiley

(thanks to Cheryl Simmons and Eileen Koshgarian)

A. Message on snow removal process from Brett Smiley:

Residents will hopefully also note that we've done significant snow removal throughout the city and on Hope Street and Wickenden Street on the East Side. 

We're prepared to tow tonight to take advantage of the parking ban and plow the entire streets. With the timing of this storm most plowing will take place tomorrow and into Monday morning. 

After this storm is over we'll resume the removal process. Note that this can only be done at night and is slow and expensive. 

Finally, we'll be working to consider some temporary no parking on narrow side streets. We know the streets in college hill and elsewhere are very difficult to pass when cars are parked there. We'll be working to make one side no parking on many of them until we can properly widen the streets. 

B. Message from Mayor Elorza regarding upcoming storm:

    From: "Mayor Jorge O. Elorza" < citynews at providenceri.com> 

    Date: February 14, 2015 at 6:10:39 PM EST 

    Subject: Upcoming storm 

    I want to reach out as yet another snow storm arrives in Providence this evening. Six to fourteen inches of snow is expected by tomorrow.
    Here are steps we are taking to prepare for the storm: 

        A citywide parking ban begins at 2:00 a.m. tomorrow, Sunday, February 15 and will remain in effect until further notice. We urge everyone to comply with the parking ban, so crews can plow our streets. Cars parked on the street once the parking ban is in effect will be ticketed and towed. 
        We also ask residents and businesses to shovel their sidewalks so people can safely get around our city. This is an important public safety concern. The City has begun giving fines to those who still have not cleared snow from the sidewalk in front of their home or business. 
        Trash and recycling collection will continue on a holiday schedule, with a one day delay.

    This winter has brought historic snow to Providence and we have been working around the clock to make every road passable and widen our busiest corridors. We’ve moved truckloads of snow to empty parcels throughout the city and we will continue to clear the snow long after the storm passes.
    There is no challenge we cannot overcome when we come together as a community. So to everyone who lives, works and does business in Providence – thank you. 
    Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we continue to make it through this historic winter, and thank you for all you do for Providence.
    Jorge O. Elorza

C. Friday's press release (already posted in my first bulletin)

    More details on storm closings in the City:

    Citywide Parking Ban to Take Effect Sunday, February 15 at 2:00AM
    Friday, February 13, 2015

    Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced a series of actions ahead of a winter storm expected during the holiday weekend.

    Snowfall is expected to begin Saturday evening and increase in intensity into the night on Saturday and into Sunday. High winds and cold temperatures are expected to accompany the snow.

    A citywide parking ban will go into effect at 2:00AM on Sunday, February 15 and remain in effect until further notice. 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.

    Garbage and recycling pickup will take place as scheduled tomorrow, as trash collection is on a holiday schedule due to the storm earlier this week. Trash collection will continue on a holiday schedule next week, as Monday, February 16 is a national holiday.

    Travelers are encouraged to use caution. The Department of Public Works has prepared all equipment and personnel to respond to the storm and will begin pretreating roadways during the afternoon on Saturday.

    The Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will begin a partial activation of the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 6PM on Saturday, February 14.

    The City's snow hotline will open at 12PM on Sunday, February 15 at 401-680-8080.

    Residents experiencing power outages should contact National Grid at 800-322-3223. Individuals are warned never to touch downed power lines and report downed lines to National Grid. In the event of an emergency always dial 911.

    Property owners are urged to clear snow blocking vents to prevent a potentially fatal buildup of carbon monoxide.

    Per state law, drivers of motor vehicles shall not enter an intersection whether or not any traffic signal is green unless there is sufficient space in the roadway to move completely through the intersection. Violators are subject to fines.


# 3. Rhode Island State Police

State Police Caution Motorists About Winter Driving Hazards and Ask That Motorists Stay off the Road During This Winter Storm

The Rhode Island State Police would like to advise motorists to use caution throughout the duration of this winter storm. With the high winds and heavy snow fall coupled with extreme cold and a sub-zero wind chill, they are requesting motorists stay off the roads during this storm. Those that have to be on the road, should use extreme caution and reduced speed. If you have an SUV, all wheel or 4 wheel drive vehicle, don't assume your vehicle is safer to travel in adverse conditions than other vehicles, please slow down! We would also ask plow operators to use caution and reduced speed.

Troopers will be on patrol strictly enforcing speeding, conditions requiring reduced speed and failure to move over for emergency or service vehicle violations. Please drive safely to assist us with our goal of zero fatalities. Once the snow is over, remember to clear your entire vehicle of snow and ice so you can have maximum visibility. The snow and ice on your vehicle can also break free while driving and create a hazard for other motorists. Motorists are reminded that driving a vehicle with significant accumulation of ice and snow is a violation of state law that could result in a fine of $85.00.

If you see a stranded motorist or someone that may need assistance, call *77 or 911.

For Immediate Release February 14, 2015 

Contact: Lieutenant John Allen Night Executive Officer Rhode Island State Police (401)444-1100

Related links

Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

Online: http://www.risp.ri.gov

Release date: 02-14-2015



# 4. Public Transportation


[Friday's release reprinted from my bulletin no. 1]


[Friday] February 13, 2015

With another winter storm headed for the area this weekend, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is making necessary preparations and plans to provide its regular weekend service on Saturday, February 14, 2015 and Sunday, February 15, 2015. Blizzard conditions and slick roads are likely to result in delays or detours so passengers are asked to please check RIPTA’s website (www.ripta.com) or social media outlets (Facebook  @RideRIPTA, Twitter @RIPTA_RI)  for updated  information  in order to avoid waiting at stops longer than necessary.

This is particularly important given forecasts of strong northerly winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 40 miles per hour in some areas.  Temperatures are expected to be in the teens Saturday and Sunday and then plummet below zero Sunday night into Monday.

"Rhode Islanders are urged to remain inside during periods of extreme cold," Peter Gaynor, Director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) said in a statement posted on RIEMA’s website.  "If you must venture outside during periods of severe cold weather, dress for the conditions by limiting the exposure of bare skin to the cold. Wear proper hats and gloves, cover your face and neck, and dress in warm layers."

“Our riders have been very understanding of the traffic delays and other problems that a severe winter like this brings,” said Barbara Polichetti, Director of Public Affairs for RIPTA. “We appreciate their patience and ask everyone to dress appropriately and be safe as we work to keep service running during this latest storm.”

Passengers also are strongly advised to monitor news reports and to sign up for electronic updates from RIPTA at http://www.ripta.com/detours-news.


(Mass. Bay Transportation Authority)

(also repeating an earlier posting)

MBTA Service Suspended Sunday
Last updated at February 14, 2015 06:25 PM

Due to the impending blizzard conditions, all MBTA services will be suspended Sunday, February 15th. There will be no Subway, Trolley, Commuter Rail, THE RIDE, Bus, or Ferry service the entire day.

The MBTA is taking this action to ensure the safety of our customers and employees, which is our top priority. The projected heavy snow and high winds will significantly inhibit the MBTAs ability to deliver safe and reliable service.

The suspension of service will also allow MBTA crews to keep clearing snow and ice from tracks, the third rail and switches. A decision about the status of service for Monday will be made Sunday.

For more information visit: http://www.mbta.com/winter/



C. Amtrak

[ Note that service south and west of Boston (e.g. to Providence) is expected to continue ]

All Amtrak Downeaster Service Canceled for Feb. 15

Heavy Snow Forecasted

[Sat.] Feb. 14, 2015

4:00 p.m. ET

All Amtrak Downeaster Service between Boston (North Station) and Brunswick, Maine, is canceled for Sunday, Feb. 15, due to forecasted severe winter weather with significant additional snow accumulations. No alternate transportation is available.Other Amtrak trains are planned to operate to and from south and west of Boston (South Station) on Sunday, Feb. 15.Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.

Passengers with travel plans can confirm their train's status, change their plans or review refund information using a range of tools – including Amtrak.com, smartphone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Service Alerts, Passenger Notices and other announcements are posted at Amtrak.com/alerts.

To be notified of service disruptions on the Northeast Corridor (including Acela Express, Northeast Regional and other corridor services), follow @AmtrakNEC on Twitter.


For Amtrak service alerts in general: 


# 5. The Boston Globe

[ I overlooked posting this earlier, but since The Globe is usually delivered by the same carriers as deliver The Providence Journal, earlier home deliveries may not apply here. However, it might mean that the carriers themselves got their Sunday Globe bundles earlier than usual.  -- Dave]

Dear Subscriber,

To reduce winter-weather delays for your Sunday newspaper delivery, the paper may appear at an earlier time than usual. In an effort to deliver before the period of the heaviest snowfall, our carriers will begin their delivery routes at 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 14 and will continue throughout the night into Sunday.

The safety of our drivers is of the utmost importance; and even with our adjusted schedule, deliveries may be delayed in areas where the roads are unsafe. During severe weather, please know that the Globe makes every effort to ensure you receive your newspaper in a timely manner.

Keep in mind, as a Globe subscriber you always have unlimited digital access to top stories at http://www.BostonGlobe.com.

You may also access the Globe ePaper, the exact replica of today’s paper, at http://epaper.bostonglobe.com/epaper/viewer.aspx.

Want to make sure you stay connected? Set up digital access now at http://www.BostonGlobe.com/accountupdate.

We hope that these efforts help you enjoy the Boston Sunday Globe that you look forward to each week.

Please email the Boston Globe at customerservice at globe.com with questions or concerns.

Thank you for your patience,

The Boston Globe

135 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125 

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