More than two thirds of Augusta’s bus stops do not have a shelter, leaving many riders without a roof over their heads or no bench to sit down on.
“Waiting for a bus we want you to have shelter we want you to have cover.” says Sharon Dottery, Interim Transit Director.
This is the result of the city’s effort to get more bus shelters on the streets, these are 54 of the used shelters Augusta. got for free from Jacksonville Florida.
It was a good suggestion when we got those things it was really going to be something we can use because we had nothing,” says Commissioner Marion Williams.
The Florida shelters are now at a remote site at the landfill, city officials coming to see what shape they are in and make a final decision on whether could be put to use.
No they’re not in any condition to be utilized to refurbish they’re very poor condition and it would be better off if we just purchased brand new shelters,” said Dottery.
“I don’t think it’s worth all the work it would take to refurbish them or try to piece them together from various parts that are here,” says Traffic Engineer, John Ussery.
It took almost 13 thousand dollars in sales tax money to transport these shelters from Jacksonville to Augusta there next trip looks to be to a recycler.
“We used some of the dollars from splost to get them here so if we sell them for scrap then that puts some of those dollars back into SPLOST and that’s being prudent with the taxpayers dollars,” said Dottery.
There’s almost 650 thousand dollars in SPLOST money for bus shelters and Dottery says Federal Grant money is also available, but Dottery wants riders to know not all of the city’s 600 stops will get a a shelter and that the target right now is adding about 50 more.