ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s getting tougher for the homeless and other loiterers to take naps in bus shelters in downtown St. Louis.
Metro has begun installing plastic dividers, two per bench, which make it impossible to lie down.
Metro spokesperson Patti Beck says the dividers will allow more customers to sit down while waiting on the bus.
“[They’ll] discourage people from taking up the entire space with their packages and their bags or even by lying down,” she explains.
Beck says that while the homeless and others who sleep at the shelters are not the primary reason the dividers are being installed, they are a factor.
“Our customers come first and this area is supposed to be utilized by our customers. Hopefully, this will cut down on folks who want to hang out around the bus stop,” she said.
Beck says Metro is paying for the dividers out of its maintenance budget. They cost $17.30 per shelter and have been installed in 40 downtown shelters thus far.