Bus shelters in the neighborhood and throughout the city have been covered in caution tape after the company that operates them found corroded bolts at one of the shelters. A bus shelter collapsed in Staten Island earlier this month, though no one was injured. Of the 1,000 shelters inspected, 30 have had to be fixed, ABC reported.
A statement from the company that runs the shelters said.
“JCDecaux, the world’s largest street furniture company, which operates New York City’s 3,500 bus shelters, a program it acquired in 2015, has cordoned off 1,400 shelters while it conducts safety inspections. The company anticipates that most of the shelters will be re-opened within a week.
The decision to implement this inspection protocol was triggered by a recent incident relating to bolts in one shelter. The bolts apparently had experienced corrosion.
Working in consultation with the city’s Department of Transportation, the company immediately began a process of inspecting all 3,500 bus shelters, focusing on the 2,500 which used an older design that was updated after 2012. Approximately three percent of the first 1,000 shelters inspected revealed corrosion. Those were repaired and reopened. The company decided to cordon off the remaining shelters while the inspections continue.
It is expected that this inspection program will be completed within a week, and any required repairs are expected to be completed by the end of the month.”
Thanks to Rob for the photo.