During the past several weeks, vandals have smashed glass panels at six TCAT bus shelters causing inconvenience to riders and costing TCAT thousands of dollars to repair. This recent criminal activity is prompting TCAT to delay replacing older shelters with modernized structures to prevent them from being new targets.
“We are really looking forward to providing our riders with new and improved shelters, but we don’t want to risk those being damaged as well,” said TCAT project manager Megan Pulver, who is overseeing TCAT’s shelter replacement plan. “This is disappointing to our customers who rely on the shelters to protect them from the elements while waiting for their buses.”
Pulver said of the 84 bus shelters TCAT has in its service area, there are six scheduled for replacement. TCAT’s amenities team reported the glass panes were shattered at five shelters to include the stops at West Village; Lehman Alternative Community School; Chestnut Hill; State @ Fulton, the former intercity bus station; Albany St. @ Salvation Army; and Tops at Lansing. Anyone who has witnessed the damaging of these bus shelters is asked to call 9-1-1.