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The Fixer: New transit shelter has bus riders yearning for the good ‘ol days

Skimpy bus shelter

JACK LAKEY/TORONTO STAR A larger transit shelter with walls, at the northwest corner of Broadway Ave. and Mt. Pleasant Rd., was recently replaced with a new one that offers almost no protection.

Few things annoy bus riders more than a new transit shelter that isn’t half as good as the one it replaced.

Last fall, we reported on a ramshackle transit shelter at Mt. Pleasant Rd. and Broadway Ave. that was plagued by water pooling around the feet of people standing in it during rainy weather.

The city’s street furniture division got back to us with good news: The shelter would be replaced before the end of the year, along with the sunken sidewalk that was causing the pooling.

But the new one is a disappointment to people waiting for the southbound Mt. Pleasant bus, who say the old shelter offered better protection, while the puddle problem hasn’t entirely been solved.

“The new fancy-dancy shelter has no sides at all, and there’s still a hole (in the sidewalk), albeit shallower, that allows rain and ice to puddle,” said Dolores Maher in an email.

“Imagine how useless this is with rain, snow and ice sweeping down Mt. Pleasant. I wonder how much all this cost. It is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.”

She sent us photos of the new shelter, which has a narrow, angled roof and a glass panel on only one side, while the old one had glass walls on three sides.

Maher wanted to know if the city intends to put up glass on the other sides. We know the answer, and she isn’t going to like it.

In places where an old shelter crowded the sidewalk, or there just isn’t enough room for a full-sized new one, they are replaced by smaller shelters with only a roof and one glass panel, or narrow side panels.

The thinking is that it’s better to replace a shelter that may have been there for decades with something smaller, instead of leaving riders who are used to a shelter with nothing at all.

The frame of the old shelter was badly rusted, so it had to go. But it’s easy to see why the new one is a disappointment.

We’ve had many complaints about replacement shelters that aren’t as good as the old one, which is why signs should be posted on them to explain it to riders who feel like they got the short end of the stick.

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