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Bus Shelter Art

Photo of sandblasted bus shelter artwork

Sandblasting vandalized glass beautifies bus stops and deters further vandalism.

TriMet reuses graffiti-laden glass bus shelter panels by sandblasting them into artwork that enhances communities, saves money and reduces waste.

Each year, about 750 panels are severely scratched by vandals. Replacement panels would cost TriMet about $200 each.

Instead, the vandalized glass is removed, sandblasted with an artist-designed motif and then reinstalled where needed. Etching the glass by sandblasting removes the scratches and costs under $20. This saves TriMet at least $100,000 a year.

"This is an innovative solution to an expensive problem that underscores our commitment to keeping our amenities attractive," says TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen. "TriMet saves money and reduces waste by recycling the glass, and at the same time the community gains a piece of artwork."

A leaf pattern designed by Seattle artist Carolyn Law is currently being used in many TriMet bus shelter panels. The agency plans to request proposals from artists for future designs.