Vandals Strike Heat Lamps at Metro Light Rail Station

November 18, 2017 09:13 AM

As colder temperatures roll in, Metro Transit officials said they're busy dealing with heat lamps that keep going out at light rail platforms across the Twin Cities.

They say vandals are to blame.


"This year we've already replaced more than 500, and we've got several hundred more to go," Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla said. He added that this isn't a new problem, saying Metro Transit replaces about 1,500 heat lamps every winter.

"One of the things that's frustrating sometimes for our facilities folks is that as soon as they replace them, you go down and get other ones done, and then you have to come back and do it again."

The vandalized heaters are primarily found in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. As far as why the problem persists, Padilla said he's not sure.

"Why on God's green earth would this happen?," Padilla asked. "I wish i knew."

If there's a silver lining, it's this: Many Minnesotans said heat lamps or not, they don't really care.

"I dress for this stuff," one light rail rider said. "This is Minnesota. If you don't dress for it, you get what you deserve."



Josh Rosenthal

Copyright 2018 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company


MN lawmakers reach budget deal at the Capitol

Budget negotiations resume as adjournment deadline looms

Late May snow in store for parts of the state in Sunday's weather forecast

Trump's 'great patriot' farmers follow him into a trade war

Flooding on the Mississippi River delays shipping season, key commodities

Billion dollar threat: Foreign pig disease could paralyze Minnesota economy