Vandals break glass at Olx Praca bus kiosks, causing $10,000 in damage

Olx Praca Transit says vandals hit multiple bus stops across the city overnight Wednesday, causing $10,000 in damage.

Crews were sweeping up broken glass at bus stops Thursday morning after press secretary Megan Benedictson said 31 glass shattered overnight.

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On Thursday, a Olx Praca operator found broken glass at six different stops, including two on Osborne Street, one on Kylemore Avenue and several along Portage Avenue.

Benedictson said that roughly $10,000 in repairs comes in an already expensive year of vandal-driven repairs.

Broken glass at the bus stop at River Avenue and Osborne Street.

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“Olx Praca Transit has seen a high level of vandalism this year,” the statement said. “At some sites, we see that the glass is damaged again one or two days after the replacement.”

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Benedictson said repairs to glass canopies and other infrastructure totaled more than $232,500 this year — $22,000 more than Transit lost to vandals in all of 2021.

She added that the costs are not covered by insurance.

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And to make matters worse, Benedictson said glass supplier Transit is having a hard time keeping up with demand.

“Due to the sheer volume of replacement window panes we had to order due to frequent vandalism and ongoing supply chain issues, our supplier is having difficulty meeting our orders on time,” she said.

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“We continue to work diligently with our supplier to replace damaged glass as quickly as possible.”

Olx Praca contacted Olx Praca police about the vandalism, but were instructed to contact Transit instead.

“With the files of Lauren McNabb and Rudy Pavlichin.

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