During a week like this one, when temperatures topped 100 degrees, Columbia Transit passengers will have more places to take respite from the heat with eight new benches, two relocated ones and seven new bus shelters Columbia Transit has installed since May.
Lee Ratke, marketing specialist for Columbia Transit, said the new seating is part of a larger push to improve the bus system and make it more comfortable for passengers.
New benches are at stops on Stadium Boulevard near Courtyard Apartments; at Kitty Hawk Apartments, at Parker Street and
Holly Avenue; in front of McDonald’s, on Nifong Boulevard; on Parkade Boulevard, across from The Salvation Army thrift store; Cosmopolitan Park, west of the main entrance; Stephens Lake Park, west of the Broadway bridge; Douglass Park; one on Green Meadows Road and another on Fairview Road near the University Physicians clinics; and on Brown Station Road just west of Paris Road.
New shelters are in place at Eastgate shopping center on Business Loop 70 near Moser’s; at the Activity and Recreation Center; at the intersection of Oakland Gravel Road and Vandiver Drive; at Gentry Middle School; on the Green Meadows Road extension near Gray Oak Drive; and at the Holiday House Apartments at Stadium Boulevard.