Eugenia Marks, the senior director of policy for the Audubon Society of RI and a member of the Coalition for Transportation Choices, responded that she has “been working to find a systemic solution to the snow removal conundrum for more than a year” and has studied how Chicago, Buffalo, Schenectady, Albany, and Boston have dealt with this issue. She went on to say she has sent out a challenge to volunteer corps to remove snow.

“During my lunch hour, I went to the RIPTA shelter on Rt. 44 at Smithfield Commons in Greenville/ Apple Valley to put into practice what I had proposed,” she wrote. “Removing my shovel from my trunk, I walked along the exit apron into 44. I would have had to walk on the edge of the traffic lane for about 15 feet to reach the shelter, and I was not willing to take the risk in heavy traffic.”

“Voluntarism is a nice idea, but it is insufficient,” she concluded, and she suggests that a workshop be convened to work on the issue and that this be “put on RIPTA’s Board agenda.”

Let’s take what Marks and Rhodes have to say seriously before we have a tragedy on our hands. Jorge, for one, believes that we can solve this problem if we have the will to do so.

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