More TriMet bus shelters vandalized

It’s more than a prank, officials say. See how much this vandalism spree will cost the transit authority …

Repeated vandalism of the two shelters at this TriMet bus stop at SE Milwaukie Avenue at Powell Boulevard has cost the transit agency about $1,600 to date.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Over the last several weeks, TriMet bus stop glass-shattering vandals were at it again in southeast Portland – this time damaging a total of 21 shelters along Powell Boulevard, SE Division Street, and SE 82nd Avenue.

“This damage brings the total number to 41 shelters, including those that were vandalized in February,” said TriMet spokesperson Roberta Altstadt. The total cost for repairing all of the shelters, she added, now adds up to about $46,000.

Broken glass from the vandalism presents a danger to riders, TriMet officials say.

In this case, two shelters – one next to the other – were both damaged.

Crews set out immediately after the damage was reported to clean up broken glass, and replace the smashed panels either with more glass or perforated aluminum sheets. “It’s not just costly,” Altstadt commented, “but it also poses a safety hazard for riders.”

In this case, two shelters – one next to the other – were both damaged.

Danger is present, when broken glass litters bus stops – and the costs for the repairs keep rising.

Be aware, and if you hear or see shelters being damaged, call 9-1-1 immediately, urged Altstad. “TriMet is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the vandalism.”

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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