Bus Stop Creative Placemaking - Project Information
This year’s Livable Centers Initiative program includes an opportunity for communities to propose and provide creative placemaking around bus stops that improve access to transit and promote community.
“Buses are often overlooked as part of a great public transit system both by decision-makers and ultimately by the public at large. We want to create bus stops and stations that are well-integrated into the communities they serve at the local level; meeting the needs of passengers through useful amenities; and serving as accessible, active, sociable and comfortable public spaces. Bus riders of transit systems in the United States and many other places tend to be low-income and to reside in historically marginalized communities. Improving the transit experience and overall quality of life for these underappreciated, overachieving riders will be our primary goal.” - from the Project for Public Spaces article, "How a Humble Bus Stop can Anchor a Whole Neighborhood"
- Recommendations for an artist-led community engagement process that prioritizes bus riders’ and community members’ access to and enjoyment of bus stops along their route
- A detailed proposal (including budget) for an arts and culture-focused community activation or installation to demonstrate how riders and community members can use and interact with the bus stop and surrounding public space
Optional Site Visit Assignment and Exercise
- Visit 5 bus stops on a route that is most convenient for you
- Take pictures and notes of the condition of the bus stop - what kind of amenities, if any, did the bus stop have?
- How long did you have to wait before the bus arrived? How long did you have to wait for the next bus?
- How many other people were waiting for the bus with you? How many people got off the bus?