Southern Oklahoma Rural Transportation Service vehicles vandalized

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) – Southern Oklahoma’s rural transit system provides approximately 200 rides per day to Carter and Love County residents. But on Saturday, when four of their cars were vandalized, they found themselves shorthanded.

Most people who use SORTS are elderly and need transport to go to the doctor or buy groceries.

Community Services Manager Kevin Stinson said he was notified Sunday morning that four of the 12 vehicles would be out of service.

“All the windows were destroyed,” Stinson said. “Several of them were egged, our building was egged.”

Stinson says the loss of a third of their fleet has already created a strain on their usual pickup schedule.

“When we started running again on Monday, operations prevented a large part of our public from using public transport, because we had already planned 34 medical trips,” Stinson said.

Stinson says they’ll likely miss about 60 rides a day.

The lack of cars has forced them to reduce the routes they can offer.

“Trips to the grocery store, trips to the pharmacy, trips to where there’s a need, everyone has different needs and different places they need to go,” Stinson said. “If they’re not medical priorities, those have to wait until we have those kinds 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 over the 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 run out of money beyond our insurance which is eating away at our operations and we need that money for our daily commutes.”

If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Ardmore Police Department immediately.

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