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PVTA Buses Roll Through Snowstorm

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –When you add snow to the mix, Springfield’s normally busy PVTA bus station is brought to another level.

Not everyone gets to have a snow day.

Roy Rucks’ day starts early, digging out his own car before he gets to the bus station. “I like this better than my car; I like this better than my car right now. Less chance of slipping,” he laughed.

For 19 years, Rucks has hauled the people of Springfield around the city. With this kind of weather, comes even more challenges, like smaller cars that don’t do well in the snow. “I can go up the hills when they can’t. That causes me problems. If I slow down too much, I may wind up stuck,” Rucks said.

It’s exactly what happened to another city bus.

As slow and careful as Mr. Rucks is driving, he can’t please everybody. Some passengers have mixed reactions to bus service in the snow. “I have to rush; I’m late for work all the time due to the weather because of the bus, how slow it is. It’s a hassle, it’s crazy. Even when I do leave earlier, the buses are not really on time,” stated Heather Duval. “I depend on the public transportation to get around. Yea, I think it’s doing pretty good. With all the snow, and they’re running,” Another passenger said.

Rucks urges folks to be careful, and says that if you have a smaller car, you might want to adjust your route to avoid hilly areas.

If the bus is running late Rucks also reminds folks to always keep a schedule handy.


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