The good news for PARTA
bus riders in Ravenna is that six bus shelters will be installed at locations in the downtown area to replace those that were abruptly removed a few months ago.
The bad news is that it's the first week of November in Ohio and those waiting for buses are liable to be braving the cold and snow before the new shelters are in place because there appears to be no timetable for erecting them.
We hope that someone comes up with a temporary solution. Otherwise waiting to ride the bus in downtown Ravenna stands to become an unpleasant ordeal for those who rely on PARTA for their transportation -- and that includes riders who are elderly, disabled or are parents with small children.
The new shelters, which will be smaller and "less comfortable" than the pair that were removed from the vicinity of the Portage County Courthouse, are supposed to be installed at three separate locations. Among them will be replacements for the two that had been located near the courthouse for about 20 years until they were removed because of complaints of "loitering." New locations include sites on West Main Street near the Salvation Army and North Chestnut Street near the Ravenna Post Office.
That's good news, because the PARTA route through downtown Ravenna, which includes service to Robinson Memorial Hospital, is used heavily. The addition of new shelter locations is especially welcome.
It is our understanding that the shelters that were dismantled at the courthouse location remain in storage. We suggest that they be reinstalled temporarily during the winter months until the replacement shelters can be erected. If complaints about "loitering" resume, they can be addressed by stepped up police patrols in the area, which literally is within site of the police station.
Providing protection from the elements as winter approaches is a matter of basic decency and compassion. Let's get some temporary shelters up now.