It would be great if more of the bus routes in the city were designed to reach the major downtown employment centers.
Since this may not be feasible, a downtown circulator streetcar with frequent headways would help achieve a more balanced system. People arriving to the Green from neighborhoods like Westville, Newhallville, and Fair Haven could hop the streetcar and take it down to the hospital or train station within minutes.
I agree this is a major problem, not just because of the ice but because the bridge ped crossing distances are far too long.
Winter is approaching again, and nothing has been done.