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Sidewalks, streets cleaned after snow, but what about bus stops?

VIDEO Snow at bus stops

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Much of the Lehigh Valley was still recovering and digging out from Tuesday's snowstorm Wednesday morning afternoon.

Plowing and shoveling efforts continued, and the schools were out for a second day in a row.

As of Tuesday morning, bus services were restored, though it ran with weather related detours.

Jennifer Rullan was all bundled up waiting for a LANTA bus to drop her off at work Wednesday morning.  But she wasn't waiting on the sidewalk like riders normally do.  She was in the street.

"There's no way to stand on the other side," said Rulan. "There's no way people can stand there and get to the bus, you have to stand on the street."

There wasn't a path leading from her stop on the sidewalk to Hamilton Street where the bus typically picks her up.  Rullan said it was especially concerning for the elderly and the disabled.

"I feel sorry for them if standing here, anything could happen," Rullan said.

Just across the street, Lucynda Trueblood echoed concern for the elderly and disabled, but said there are alternatives.  She was also waiting for a LANTA bus to pick her up Wednesday morning.

"If you can wait by the corner and stuff where it's more level, we can go ahead and get you there," Trueblood said.

Overall, Trueblood didn't have issue with the conditions of the stops.

"I mean, you can't shovel every single bus stop that comes here. The main ones, the LANTA transfer center, that's fine, the little stops like this, you're gonna have to do it anyway," Trueblood said.

When Trueblood's ride came, she hopped over the pile and went on her way. 

Many of the stops in Allentown looked just like hers; there wasn't a path leading from the stop to the street.  But, there was a stop on 15th street where the bus shelter was cleared and a path was created for riders.

They should be responsible and clean it more," Rullan said.

The city of Allentown says it's up to LANTA to take care of the bus shelters and paths. 

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