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University resumes normal Monday schedule
As city and state workers continue to dig Boston out from under its fifth biggest snow on record, life on the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus returns on Monday to as close to normal as is possible with snow piled high on streets and sidewalks. Classes will be held as scheduled.
Craig Hill, associate vice president of Auxiliary Services, warns that parking in surface parking lots (Deerfield, Granby, CAS, Guitar Center, 808 Comm Ave, CFA, and Agganis) will be limited until midweek, when snow can be removed. Hill says the parking lots, which are usually 90 percent full, have only 75 percent of their normal space. Commuters are advised to carpool and take public transportation. Street parking is banned in Boston. Hill says crews will be hauling snow from streets, sidewalks, and parking lots for the next several days.
The MBTA says regularly scheduled service will resume on Monday, but warns customers to expect significant delays and plan extra time for their Monday morning commute. Many MBTA bus routes will continue to operate on snow routes as snow and ice are impacting roadways and bus stops.
The BU bus will run on Monday, although perhaps with limited stops. Gary Nicksa, vice president of Operations, says many stops have deep snow accumulations, requiring riders to board the bus in the car travel lane. Updates about the service will be posted to the BUS website and sent to subscribers of the BUS news list.
Administrators report that sidewalks and pathways on both campuses are in good shape, but many alleyways are coated with thick ice and snow, making driving on them treacherous. Peter Smokowski, vice president of Auxiliary Services, warns that the combination of icy alleyways and piles of snow that might obscure pedestrians make back alleys a dangerous place to walk and to drive. Smokowski urges extreme caution for both pedestrians and drivers. Tom Daley, associate vice president for Facilities Management and Planning, says tall piles of snow along Commonwealth Avenue make it very hard for drivers too see pedestrians who enter the street, and for pedestrians to see approaching cars.
BU dining halls are open as usual. The Fitness & Recreation Center will operate on its normal schedule on Monday, as will Mugar Memorial Library..
The storm, which dumped two feet of snow on eastern Massachusetts, left 400,000 people without power, and compelled the governor to issue the first statewide travel ban since the Blizzard of ’78. The ban was in effect for 24 hours, from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday.65 Comments