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25 Nov 2015
26 Nov 2015
Thirty bus shelters vandalized
TriMet offers reward for information on those responsible
More than 30 TriMet bus shelters have been vandalized in the past seven days. Most of the damage occurred in Southeast Portland, but shelters were also vandalized on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.
According to TriMet, In all the cases, glass panels have been broken out on the shelters. Some shelters have been targeted more than once, with panels broken out within days of being replaced.
Because of the repeated damage, some glass panels are now being replaced with metal panels. At this time, it is unclear how the panels were damaged.
The estimated cost to repair all the shelters is between $16,000 to $32,000. TriMet says it makes repairing broken glass at shelters a priority. Once the agency is notified of the vandalism, a supervisor immediately responds to the location and tapes off the shelter. A repair crew is sent out with the aim to have the vandalism repaired within 24 hours, TriMet says.
The Transit Police Division is investigating. TriMet is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Anyone with information in the case should call 503-238-RIDE (7433).