PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Winter’s deep freeze doesn’t keep the “T” from its appointed rounds on Broadway Avenue in Beechview.
But for elderly passengers like Barb O’Toole, getting off the platform can be hazardous.
“Getting off the street car and then coming down, and then trying to step off, it’s just impossible,” she says.
That’s where her neighbor, Andrew Karas, comes in. The owner of the beauty shop at the Shiras Avenue stop routinely shovels snow and ice that accumulates beside the trolley platform.
“They’ll push the snow off to the end,” he says, “and you can tell they never shovel and area for people to step down safely off and discharge off the island and onto the sidewalk.”
And so, he shovels.
He sees the snow and ice as a “T” stop accident waiting to happen.
“It’s very lumpy, and there’s always a potential danger of slipping and breaking an ankle and hitting your head off the pavement or something,” said Karas. “And like I said, I love my neighborhood, and I try to do what I can for it.”
Neighbor Barb O’Toole is grateful.
“I think he’s doing a great job. He really takes care of our neighborhood,” she said.