Bus shelter removed for sanitation
The bus stop that was on the mauka side of Kapiolani Boulevard, near Cooke Street, has been removed. Why did they remove it and will they be replacing it? Is that one of the bus stops that the city is permanently removing?
Answer: The bus stop is still there, but the shelter was taken down about a month ago.
"We removed it because it was unsanitary," said Melvin Kaku, director of the city Department of Transportation Services.
The stop in question was the subject of two columns ("Kokua Line," Aug. 14 and 20), with bus riders asking why something could not be done about the stench of urine and general unsanitary conditions caused by a homeless couple.
Kaku had said earlier that the city would begin a program to more frequently inspect problem stops like the one at Kapiolani and Cooke, and "power-wash" as necessary.
However, power-washing was not enough to remove the smell and other sanitation concerns.
When that became obvious, the decision was made to remove the shelter.
"But we really didn't need a shelter there," Kaku said, noting an "overhang" from the adjacent building that "provides sufficient coverage for the bus constituents."
Currently, there are no plans to return the shelter itself, he said, "but the bus stop is going to remain."
The homeless couple, meanwhile, apparently is "fluctuating" between nearby bus stops.
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