Columbia Earth Day Festival to feature proposed designs for city bus shelters

Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 4:34 p.m. CDT; updated 6:40 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 26, 2014

COLUMBIA — Potential designs for new city bus shelters will be on display at the Columbia Area Earth Day Festival.

PedNet Coalition is partnering with the MU Architectural Studies Department, Columbia Transit, and the city's Office of Sustainability and Office of Cultural Affairs to develop designs for new shelters in conjunction with an overhaul of the city bus system.

CoMET — Columbians for Modern, Efficient Transit — and architecture students will set up a booth at the festival on May 4, where the public will be able to view the proposed designs and the materials and budget for each.

Students will be present to answer questions about the designs, and attendees will vote on their favorites.

"The info will be reported to Columbia Transit," said Lisa Goldschmidt, the CoMET campaign coordinator for PedNet. "They will make the decision on which design will be built."

Within the next couple of weeks, PedNet will select a jury, possibly consisting of Columbia Transit officials and transit riders.

"We want people who have a stake in the designs," Goldschmidt said.

Some of the proposed designs include solar-powered lighting and storage for bicycles. The shelters will also feature public art.

"All the shelter designs will give an opportunity to allow for public art features," Goldschmidt said.

The total funds allocated for the design project and its outreach for public input is $15,230.

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