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Recently the City of Evanston installed a new pilot bus shelter on Emerson St. at Dewey Ave. This bus shelter serves as a pilot for a potential proposal that would install bus shelters in other locations throughout the city as discussed in the March 14, 2011 Administration and Public Works Committee.
Fifth Ward Alederman Delores Holmes enthusiastically volunteered to conduct the pilot program in her ward. Specifically, noting the need for a bus shelter at the pilot location in order to provide relief during adverse weather conditions to the many nearby seniors who depend on public transportation. “This shelter is great for the residents especially for those living at the Blake-Robinson Senior Housing; we all welcome it,” added Alderman Holmes.
The location was made possible as part of the construction that occurred earlier this year on Emerson St. that also included sidewalk extensions and intersection upgrades that allowed for the placement of the bus shelter on the south side of the street.
“The 2000 U.S. Census indicates that about 40% of Evanston residents use other modes of transportation to and from work instead of driving. Within the context of its recently developed Multi-Modal Transportation Plan, the city is interested in further enhancing its transportation and transit facilities,” explained Evanston Public Works Director Suzette Robinson. “Of particular importance in this endeavor is the desire to develop a sustainable transportation system that increases non-auto transportation use, improves air quality and overall community livability.
The objective of the pilot and proposed program is to provide the Evanston City Council the opportunity to directly observe the design, functionality and fit of the shelter. If the Council approves the shelter, the program will be expanded to include other areas identified through the Multi-Modal Transportation Plan.
The pilot bus shelter was installed by Creative Outdoor Advertising of America (COA). The city has a pending contract with COA to provide additional shelters at no cost to the city in exchange for advertising rights in which the city would receive a potion of the revenue.