Plan for worst, hope for best

Following a previous article, I continue with  what I consider  an educated best guess, for the three scenarii mentioned there:

  • have a fast mobile team ready to  cover  the ground area. It can operate during heavy rainfalls, snowfalls or tree falls
  • invest in a couple of specialized vehicles and keep them well maintained
  • don’t leave the special vehicles in the garage / parking lot. At the first sign, deploy them proatively, in the places that have suffered most in the past

The list can include the following actions, too:

  • after the first snowfall starts, make the vehicles cover the area continously, at a moderate pace. One might need gas for a long amount of time. No need to hurry;
  • in cast the snow falls during the night, which is most of the cases, have the vehicles follow a repeated pattern, in order to maintain the road at an acceptable level;
  • have a plan B (evac of people blocked on the road)  as well as a plan C (be ready to offer alternate modes of public transport):

Today, media is a powerful tool. It is good to think at containment:

  • don’t forget PR. Press can be a thorn  or might be turned into a powerful ally
  • social media is a must. Regular short updates not only keep people informed, but also lessen the pressure. If it comes from the horse’s mouth, it must be true. Transit agencies can be considered as a source of truth, if they behave honestly.

The list will grow bigger. Stay tuned ….

 

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