Snow causes issues for Go Bus rider

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s a familiar story this winter season.

Snow banks have narrowed Campbell Place NE, a street that runs south of Lyon Street NE between College Avenue NE and Union Avenue NE in Grand Rapids.

Vehicles parked on both sides have made it tough for wider vehicles, like a Rapid Go Bus, to traverse.

And for people who use the service, it can be a real hassle.

“I am at the mercy of mooching rides from friends and coworkers, which is not an optimum situation,” said Campbell Place resident Charles Frost, who uses a cane and cannot drive. “I can’t be the only physically challenged person who’s having this trouble.”

Officials with The Rapid said they’re having similar problems on a handful of streets served by their Go Bus service, which provides public transportation to those who cannot access one of The Rapid’s fixed routes.

Frost said he called Grand Rapids City Hall last week asking for solutions, like writing more odd-even parking violations.

And that’s something police have done, according to Frost’s neighbors.

“They’re gung-ho about ticketing everybody,” said one man digging out his car on Campbell Place. “Oh yeah, everybody I know on the street’s got one.”

While Grand Rapids police have started to crack down on the odd-even violators, Frost said that hasn’t always been the case.

“As you saw, the plow can’t get down the street,” Frost said.

So Campbell Place remains snow-covered and narrow, and Frost remains frustrated.

He has few options. He can either hope his neighbors move their cars so the plows can plow, or he can wait.

“Or the snow melts… and at this rate, that will be April,” Frost said.

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