(NEW YORK, NY) — Around 1,400 bus shelters are closed in the city today and all we can say is, at least it isn’t raining!
Earlier this month, a weak bolt resulted in the partial collapse of a bus shelter roof in Staten Island. As a result, JCDecaux, the company that manages the shelters, has closed hundreds throughout the city pending inspection.
The company told the New York Post that around 2,500 bus shelters need emergency inspections. An estimated 1,000 have already been examined and of those, approximately 30 were found to need repairs.
Inspections are expected to be completed by the end of the week. However, necessary repairs are projected to be completed by the end of this month.
“Bus riders deserve the best level of service whether it be on the bus or when waiting in a bus shelter. DOT expects JCDecaux to keep the city’s bus shelters safe and well maintained. We will hold the contractor accountable for making these fixes expeditiously,” reads a statement released by the Department of Transportation.
Thankfully, no one was injured at the bus shelter in Staten Island. Though the emergency inspections will create minor inconveniences, commuter safety will be ensured.