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Transit Center Stones Still Shifting

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, October 09, 2006, at 03:15PM

One of the News Briefs in this week's Downtown News is about trouble with the pavers at the Gateway Transit Center.

The paving stones comprising the driving surface at Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station are once again showing signs of disrepair at the top of the ramp where buses enter from and exit onto Vignes Street. The stones, which are set in sand over a parking garage at the MTA headquarters building, have been a problem at least once in the past at each end of the hippodrome-shaped plaza, when the continuous stream of buses moved them out of place, said Rick Jager, a spokesman for Metro. ProLogis, the company that owns Union Station, is leaning toward a weekend repair sometime this month, and will look into a long-term preventative maintenance program, a company representative said.

I wrote about this same issue back in February of 2005 and spoke to one of the DASH drivers about it. He said that the bricks were always needing repairs. You would think that they might have looked into a long-term maintenance plan long ago, say perhaps before they built it.

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