Missing glass panel leaves gaping hole in transit shelter: The Fixer
A transit shelter that is one large glass panel short is not much good when the winds of November come howling.
With winter knocking at the door, readers are weighing in with complaints about the glass-walled structures intended to provide a small measure of comfort for people waiting for a bus or streetcar.
For those who observe transit shelters with detached bemusement from the cozy confines of a vehicle, its value is often underestimated, if not entirely dismissed.
But for people who have no choice but to tough it out in the cold or rain until their ride arrives, a shelter is a godsend, as long as it is has four walls and a sturdy roof.
That’s not the case at a shelter on the west side of Broadview Ave., across the street from the ‘T’ intersection at Torrens Ave., to the consternation of TTC riders who use it.
Matthew Romanada emailed to say that one of the shelter’s end panels was broken and has been missing “for several months.
“Now that the snow is falling I am starting to wonder if it will ever get fixed,” he said, adding, “I could not find anywhere on the TTC website to report the issue.”
We went there and found an aging shelter that looks to be 1970s-vintage, missing the large panel at its south end. A Google Street View image shows that the glass wall was missing back in July.
It’s so old that it is likely high up on the list of shelters to be replaced by Astral Out of Home, which has a contract to provide the city with street furniture, including shelters, in exchange for the right to post advertising on them.
But with the weather changing to cold and snow, it is unlikely to be switched out for a new one until next spring, which makes replacement of the missing panel a necessity.
STATUS: The reason Romanada couldn’t find anything on the TTC website about shelters or reporting damage to them is that the city’s street furniture division is responsible for them. Ryan Lanyon, who’s in charge of street furniture, emailed to say the shelter is indeed on the replacement list, but the missing panel will be replaced right away, which will no doubt please the TTC riders who use it.
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