Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bus stop improvement program continues to enhance the transit experience

Bus Stop Improvement Program
Improved bus stop with curb access, new shelter   -   Photo: Stacy Coletta

 Transit Services’ Bus Stop Improvement Program is in its seventh year of operation, completing upgrades to two-thirds of Ride On’s 5000 bus stops. The program systematically evaluates bus stops by asking a series of questions, such as, “Can passengers wait at the stop without being in danger?” “Is the stop reasonably close to a safe street crossing and can that crossing be made safer?” and “Can passengers get to the stop along an accessible path?”

In planning improvements, staff look beyond the bus stop to consider the walking routes patrons will take to destinations and housing. To date, close to seven million dollars in infrastructure enhancements have been made. The bus stop program often partners with other MCDOT projects to bring about innovative and attractive upgrades. These include the sidewalk construction program, ADA improvements, and traffic calming projects.

For more information, go to Ride On's website. Or call 311 (TTY, call 301-251-4850), Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

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