Vandals have smashed glass panels at six TCAT bus shelters causing problems for riders as cold weather arrives and costing the local public bus service thousands of dollars in unforeseen repairs.

TCAT, which operates throughout the county, has 84 bus stop shelters. According to Project Manager Megan Pulver, who is in charge of the shelter replacement plan at TCAT, these recent acts of vandalism have caused the organization to put off the replacement of some shelters for fear that the new shelters may be targeted.

“We are really looking forward to providing our riders with new and improved shelters, but we don’t want to risk those being damaged as well,” said Pulver. “This is disappointing to our customers who rely on the shelters to protect them from the elements while waiting for their buses.”

TCAT’s amenities team reported that glass panes were shattered at six shelters. Those at West Village, Lehman Alternative Community School, Chestnut Hill, State Street at Fulton Street, formerly the intercity bus station, and Albany Street in front of the Salvation Army and Tops Market in Lansing.

TCAT is asking witnesses, past or future, to anyone damaging its bus shelters to please call 911.