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Bus Shelters

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Michigan Central Station

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Bus Shelters. Putting them in. Because there aren't any. Benches would even be fine. There aren't any of those either.

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Hi Jeffrey! Thank you for posting! I am a Michigan Central Station Challenge facilitator. What have you observed about the current areas where people wait for the bus? Benches and shelters would definitely be more comfortable, but why stop there! Are there other things that you can think of that would make waiting for the bus an even better experience? If you had grant money to implement bus waiting areas, what else would you include?

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Mackenzie Fankell I'm glad you asked. To make the bus an even better experience I would add more benches and shelters! Because people ride the bus not only from the Michigan Central Station area, but also *to Michigan Central Station*, with additional grant money, I would put in more benches and shelters in other places! The whole idea is more benches and shelters at bus stops! That's it!

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And I'm not the only one who thinks so! https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/06/19/what-one-researcher-learned-studying-bus-shelters-in-detroit/

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@Jeffrey Herbstman It looks like there is a lot of interest in this topic. I definitely suggest sticking around for the propose phase and joining some of our community working sessions to extend this conversation! Also, it would be interesting to think of some other amenities that could be added to the shelters to make the experience even better. Heating to keep people warm in the winter, solar panels that could generate electricity to charge electronic devices, computer monitors that could show where the bus is at in real time, the possibilities are endless! What additions would you make to the bus system?

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Hi Jeffrey Herbstman you've got some great ideas! I'm adding David Gifford to this because he also is exploring some bus shelters. https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/challenge/detroit/explore/michigan-ave-mobility
Hopefully we can come up with even more ideas when we have people with similar interests!

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Sure. David's idea is a good one and there are lots of ways to make a better bus shelter, from heating, to charging stations, real-time wait displays/map screens, bicycle repair stations, or even coffee vending! I welcome David Gifford   to make a case for those.

However, those are ideas for a better bus shelter, and would cost more money to build, maintain and repair. My idea, is to keep things simple. Rather than building fewer, costlier shelters, I suggest we put in more benches and shelters, in more places. That's it!

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Hi Jeffrey, I was just through the area last week and do agree, there are no benches. That would be a great first step. I do hear what you mean about putting all the funds into a few high tech shelters vs. putting benches at every bus stop. Perhaps there is a more economical way to do both? Not every shelter needs to be a traditional aluminum & glass structure. I'll be researching other manufactures to see what else is on the market. Perhaps there is a less costly solution that will give riders both shelter, a seat and the amenities I'm suggesting.

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Hi Jeffrey Herbstman , David Gifford , and Boratha Tan ! Let's make a team (along with Dessa Cosma) that forms a proposal about improving bus shelters / benches in the outlined area. Deal?

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Hi Ingrid. I'm in! I love your idea of a competition for Detroit students to design shelters.

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Ingridium G , David Gifford I'm glad we could connect on this. I think that involving Detroit students in design would be a fun aspect. My concern is that the more customized and features the shelters have, the more expensive to build and maintain they would be.

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Hi David Gifford . Glad you're in! How about you Jeffrey Herbstman  and Boratha Tan  / Boratha Tan ? Are any of you up for meeting at the Main or Skillman branch of the Detroit Public Library to discuss this idea further? Or is a Google Hangout better?

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Google Hangout works best for me at this time.

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Bet. Email me at strandone@gmail.com and we'll figure out a date & time for a Google Hangout about Detroit bus shelter design.

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Ingridium G I can definitely help guide this proposal (as with the other proposals), but cannot be part of the team itself, as I am part of the facilitation team with Mackenzie. Thanks for including me, though!

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Makes sense. Thanks Boratha Tan 

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