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Plowing the bus stops around Omaha

Posted at 6:17 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 19:17:30-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — With all the snow we've gotten over the last few weeks, the commute for Omaha bus riders has become more difficult.

People who take the bus have complained about bus stops not being plowed, sidewalks covered with snow and benches that are unusable. While the buses are running on time, people are forced to stand in nearly a foot-deep snow, or even stand on the actual street.

So why hasn't Omaha Metro Transit cleaned up the bus stops? It turns out it's not their, or the city's, responsibility.

"We have a little over 2200 bus stops around the city and they actually fall under public information signs like stop signs and mailboxes," said Linda Barritt, Metro marketing director. "They're actually public rideaway and are responsibility of the property owners to keep clear."

Omaha Metro Transit is asking residents and businesses located near a stop to be a good neighbor and clean up the area. The company pays people to clean out the bus shelters found in the city.