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Snowbound Bus Stops Force Commuters To Make Dangerous Walk Along Route 3

CLIFTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- Bus riders have been forced to walk dangerously close to cars as snow sits uncleared at the bus stop.

It's a problem that CBS2 has reported on before.

Scary is just one word used to describe the path from the New Jersey Transit bust stop off busy Route 3 West at Main Ave in Clifton. The stop remains unshoveled and uncleared, three days after the blizzard.

It's a grim reminder of 2015, when CBS2 first reported the problem. Not much has changed.

"It's just the same thing over and over, every year,"one NJ Transit rider told CBS2's Tracee Carrasco.

Frustrated commuters want to know why, each winter, the same problem persists.

"I understand they have a lot of things to do, meanwhile we would love for them to make it a priority," Ben Drira said.

Because of the uncleared path commuters are forced to walk in the snow or the street, neither is a safe option.

"Cars are zipping at us. We walk down the street in the middle of the road and a bus and a bicyclist almost hit each other trying to avoid all the people. It's a mess. It's better than hiking through this. It's cold and it's soaking wet. It's dangerous," Lauren Vazquez said.

"We just have to make sure that the buses and the cars don't run over us," Nidhi Kalra added.

Clifton City Manager Dominick Villano told CBS2 after this weekend's snow that workers have been busy plowing the main roads, and then areas around schools, but said the walkways should have been cleared yesterday.

Commuters hope the bus stops get the attention they need.

"At least one side. It doesn't have to be both sides because I know it's hard for them to get people to do it because I know there's a lot of places to be plowed," Lourdes Billena said.


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