ATRANS bus benches removed at Bolton, Jackson intersection
ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - This time last year, the City of Alexandria announced major plans to renovate bus benches across the city, including adding more covered shelter stops near shopping areas. However, we noticed that some of the bus benches were starting to be removed.
At the busy intersection of Bolton Avenue and Jackson Street, all three of the ATRANS benches, including one covered shelter, were replaced with yellow standing poles without a place to sit.
The city administration told News Channel 5 that recent concerns over trash building up and homeless groups using the benches to sleep on led to the benches being removed. They further added that it’s part of a larger plan to make the bus stops safer for those getting on and off the bus.
The intersection and Bolton and Jackson will remain an ATRANS bus stop, but will not have any benches or covered shelters.
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