I am going to try to not sidewalk rant here. It is still snowing, so by right, no one is required to have their sidewalks clear, but expect a little ranting to sneak in, I can’t help myself!
I was out between noon and 1pm and did a big loop through Downcity to Waterplace and back.
Right off the bat, a little rant, I told you I can’t help myself. Well not so much a rant as a surprise; the sidewalks at Dominica Manor have not been touched today. They do not need to be per regulations, but they are usually out clearing snow all day on a day like this. Budget problems?
I didn’t take a photo, but as always, Angelo’s was clear. Someone was out shoveling and salting as I walked by.
Again, dumbfounded here, my ranting is bearing fruit. Someone (I assume the City though it is a State bridge) dumped a metric ton of salt on the Atwells Avenue Bridge sidewalks.
Of course then the plows pushed snow up on top of it. The sidewalk on the other side faired better and was actually clear, even as I walked back and the snow was getting heavier.
Plows and shovel crews were out at the Dunk and the Convention Center.
Four hearty souls at the Skating Center.
RIPTA’s running! I saw another bus with a bike on the front but didn’t get my camera out in time to capture it.
Weird gross ice forming on the river.
I very carefully walked down these stairs, then found myself stuck in sizable drifts along the river walk.
These new trolleys are awesome, remember the old ones couldn’t run in the snow?
Occupying the snow.
Plenty of people waiting for buses in Kennedy Plaza.
Cellar Stories was open.
See, the other side of the Atwells sidewalk is pretty good!
This plow driver…
…pushed all his snow onto the sidewalk at the crosswalk here.
So even if it does get warm for a bit next week, how long will that pile sit there?
There I am, ending it with a rant.
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The new “trolleys” are actually full scale buses just decked out with slightly different trim. They’re the same as the new hybrid buses made by Gillig.
It gives RIPTA one advantage, it’s a single platform for maintenance purposes. The old RTS buses will be out of cycle pretty soon and they’ve been buing Gilligs since 2005 so I would guess sooner than later RIPTA’s entire fleet will be hybrid Gilligs.