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PSS needs help in repairing damaged bus shelters

LACK of bus shelters is one of the Public School System’s concerns, PSS Office of Pupil Transportation director Shawn San Nicolas told the Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday.

He said Typhoon Yutu destroyed at least 13 bus shelters when it hit the island in October. These are located in Kagman, Dandan, Capital Hill, Navy Hill, Papago, San Roque, Kanat Tabla and Koblerville.

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Shawn San Nicolas, director of the Office of Pupil Transportation of the Public School System, talks about bus shelters with the Rotary Club of Saipan on Tuesday at the Giovanni’s Restaurant of Hyatt Regency.  Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

San Nicolas asked Rotarians to “adopt” some of the bus shelters and maintain them.

He said there’s a need to repair most of the bus shelters but PSS currently has no funding for it.

He added that some bus shelters are also littered with trash. “They have been neglected, and they stink. The students don’t want to use them.”

Some individuals may be “hanging out” at bus shelters in the evening, and leaving behind their trash, San Nicolas added.

Club president Greg Borja said the Rotary has already adopted one of the bus shelters on Middle Road and they will continue to maintain it.

But he said individual Rotarians or their business companies can also adopt other bus shelters.

San Nicolas said PSS is thankful to business groups and civic organizations that have already adopted some of the bus shelters.

PSS is not responsible for building and maintaining bus shelters, he said, adding that he has asked some lawmakers to identify or designate a government agency that should be responsible for bus shelters.

Rotarian Agnes M. McPhetres, a retired educator, said maintaining bus shelters should be the responsibility of the Department of Public Works or the Saipan mayor’s office.