Boston-area transit system head resigns after snow delays
The head of the Boston-area public transit system resigned Wednesday amid commuter frustration over service disruptions during a spate of recent snowstorms that have pounded the region.This is Massachusetts, where public
Beverly Scott gave no specific reason for her surprise decision to step down effective April 11, seven months before her contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was to expire. She announced her resignation in a letter to John Jenkins, chairman of the board that oversees the MBTA, sent just hours after the board gave her a unanimous vote of confidence.
For the director to just up and quit makes me wonder what else is going on - or whatever other shoe is going to drop.
(story courtesy of the BBLN)
Sorry, Boston: Two More Major Storms On the Way
New England is locked in to a weather pattern for the ages. Don’t expect it to change anytime soon.Things have gotten so bad that they're just straight out dumping snow into Boston Harbor. They've tried to avoid doing this, because of the chemicals used to treat the roads, but there's simply so much snow on the ground and coming that they cannot get rid of it fast enough. The storms have been so frequent, and the weather so cold that no melting has occurred, that it's just too much snow to do anything with except dump it in the ocean.
Shovelers mourned the latest onslaught of wintry misery on Monday, as nearly 2 feet of additional snow fell in Boston since Saturday. The city has recorded its snowiest 30-day stretch in history in just 17 days, breaking the record by more than a foot. A full Gronk of snow (6 feet, 6 inches) is now in sight for Boston, and will likely be exceeded by the end of the week.
(story courtesy of Stretch)
I've got friends and family back in the northeast, so I am watching this with more than a touch of concern (along with a healthy dose of schadenfreude). I'm still part of a Facebook page that centers on my old town, and people I've known for years are struggling - not to mention that my folks, sister, and in-laws are all still up there and trying to dig out as best they can. I survived more than a couple hellacious winters, and I remember what it's like to just not be able to keep up.
There's a couple of larger points, though. Here Boston is, poised to host the Olympics in under a decade, and a handful of snowstorms has brought the city to its knees. Public transportation has been kneecapped, the DPW is working overtime and barely keeping above water, the system is overwhelmed and sinking.
Now imagine another half a million plus visitors added to this mess. That's approximately how many people attended the 2012 Olympics in London. Add in several thousand athletes, trainers, etc. - plus all the gear and transportation needed - and I'm glad that I'm going to be 500+ miles away from Massachusetts when this all goes down.
Massachusetts is a great place to visit... or be from.
That is all.