And it only took seven years to get any kind of lighting here at the southbound M9 bus stop on Avenue C and East 16th Street. The shelter has been dark since 2009, when a Con Ed crew reportedly disconnected lights from its power source.
The solar-powered lights were part of a pilot program. Per DNAinfo:
Lawrence Scheyer, a Stuy Town resident and Community Board 6 member who had campaigned for years to get lights at the bus stop, said he's frustrated the city's fix fell apart so quickly.
“I was happy to see a creative solution, but disappointed that it only lasted a few months until the lights failed,” he said.
Scheyer said the area’s relative lack of lighting and the use of Avenue C by Con Ed trucks makes it a danger to anyone on their way to wait for a bus — including his wife, who was almost run over by trucks there.
In 2013, a Con Ed truck fatally struck 88-year-old Stella Huang as she crossed East 16th Street, a tragedy that many blamed on the area’s poor lighting.
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