The problem of homeless people using transportation facilities for shelter, bathing and panhandling is once again addressed. Bus stations, subway stations and railroad terminals seem to catch the brunt of this situation as they are usually large, open areas with bathroom facilities and a large population of patrons. While management states that providing refuge, etc., to the homeless is not the job of a transportation facility, they do try to handle the situation with understanding and compassion as often as possible. Some methods tried include, refurbishing a bus and equipping it with a toilet so that homeless people would not use the subway station, working with social service agencies to find shelters for and transport the homeless to them, installing roll up fences which close subway entrances after operating hours, posting rules against loitering for non ticket holders, asking them to move along outside the facility, ejecting homeless from the facilities and as a last resort, arresting them. No one wants to be cruel to the homeless, but their setting up housing within transportation facilities lead to passenger complaints, poor worker morale, increased safety and security needs, health concerns, and increased costs to the transportation system. While no one solution is suitable for all systems, the transportation industry is attempting to address the situation as best they can.

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 38-41
  • Serial:
    • Modern Railroads
    • Volume: 45
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: K-III Press, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0736-2064

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00494429
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1991 12:00AM