Pigeon droppings prompt renovations

By: Samantha Lavien
Twitter: @samanthalavien

A big problem with pigeons and the mess they leave behind is one of the driving factors behind a $900,000 renovation project at the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority’s downtown bus station in New Bedford.

“There are droppings everywhere. You can see them all over the place. That’s all from the pigeons,” said Vince Livingston.

The birds have been flocking to the steel rafters of the building ever since the ceiling was removed in the mid 2000’s.

“It’s a pain in the neck because you know they crap on you. I’ve seen them crap on a lot of people and it’s just sickening you know,” said Bobby Texeira.

An administrator with the SRTA says a major reason for the renovation is to help fix the pigeon problem.

“They do make quite a mess and especially in the wintertime, that’s really where we struggle the most in terms of cleaning it. It is difficult to go out and steam clean a sidewalk when most likely it is going to freeze,” said Erik Rousseau, an SRTA administrator.

The first phase of the renovation project started last year. The project is now in its second phase which involves ceiling tiles being put up.

“We really want this to be a comfortable convenient place for people to travel. We don’t want to add stress to them by having them worry about birds,” said Rousseau.

Bus riders say they have already noticed a difference since the tiles have started going up.

“Now that they started doing the work it’s less of a conflict. It keeps the property a whole lot cleaner,” said Willy Hart.

The renovation is being funded by both federal and state money. It is expected to be complete by the end of next month.

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