Public to vote Wednesday on new bus shelter designs

Friday, June 20, 2014 | 6:08 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The public has been invited to attend a showcase of bus stop designs Wednesday and to cast their vote on which will be featured around Columbia.

CoMo Connect's new transit system requires additional bus stops and shelters around Columbia, according to a PedNet news release. The group partnered with MU students, CoMo Connect, the MU Architectural Studies Department, Office of Sustainability and Office of Cultural Affairs to design the shelters.

"The city is very proud to be working with the university students on this project, and the designs they have presented are phenomenal," CoMo Connect marketing specialist Teresa White said in the release.

Faculty and seven student teams worked together to create shelters that would meet criteria outlined by city staff. The proposed shelters will be modular, sustainable and allow for a public art component. The shelters will also be made of recycled, recyclable and possibly local materials to reduce construction costs.

"The edgy and eye-catching designs of the proposed shelters will also help focus attention on the important issue of public transportation in our community, which is a win-win for everybody," White said.

The public has been asked to attend the open house at the Family Impact Center from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to view and comment on the designs before casting their vote.

Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.

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