ARDMORE, Oklahoma (KXII) – The southern Oklahoma rural transportation system provides approximately 200 trips per day to residents of Carter and Love counties. But on Saturday, when four of their cars were vandalized, they found themselves shorthanded.
Most people who use TRI are older people and need to go to doctor’s appointments or to the grocery store.
Community Services Director Kevin Stinson said he was told on Sunday morning that four of the 12 vehicles would be out of order.
“All the windows were destroyed,” Stinson said. “Several of them have been energized, our building has been energized.”
Stinson says the loss of a third of their fleet has already put pressure on their regular pickup schedule.
“When we started running again on Monday, surgeries prevented much of our public from using public transport because we had already scheduled 34 medical trips,” Stinson said.
Stinson says they’re likely to miss about 60 races a day.
The lack of cars has forced them to reduce the trips they can offer.
“Trips to the grocery store, trips to the drugstore, trips to where there’s a need, everyone has different needs and different places they need to go,” Stinson said. “If these are not medical priorities, they have to wait until we have these types of schedules available. “
Stinson says the Ardmore Police Department will be paying close attention to their parking lot to reduce further damage, but what happened this weekend will set them back for a while.
“It will take time to replace the windows and get the job done and of course we will lose money beyond our insurance which eats up our operations and we need that money to run our daily commutes.”
If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Ardmore Police Department immediately.
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