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Awnings Removed From Major Bus Stop in Salisbury

Posted: Updated: Feb 13, 2013 07:51 AM EST
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SALISBURY, Md. - Shore Transit removed the awnings for people who wait for the bus from Calvert Street in Salisbury. The bus company said there have been issues with loitering and other problems with the bus shelters.

Brad Bellacicco, deputy director for Shore Transit, said while customer service is a big concern, the number one priority is safety.

"As many as six or seven police calls a day were going out a day because of the homeless people and people harassing people," he said. "It became necessary in discussions with the city and others to take those shelters down to reduce the problems in that area."

For some bus passengers like Kayla Hayward, it's just not fair.

"I hate it because I used to stand under the little shelter when it's very windy because it would protect me," she said. "And now that it's cold we all have to stand out here and wait for the buses.  It doesn't matter how long it takes, we all have to stand out here."

Others say while it is not what they would like to see, they understand. 

Pernell Woodson of Salisbury said, "It's an inconvenience in inclement weather but I can understand why they did it from just the problems that were being caused down here at the bus station."

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