The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has partnered with the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) to create new bus stop shelters!
CCAD students in an industrial design class were challenged to craft a new passenger shelter that would replace existing shelters in the central business district.
Students were asked to incorporate innovative materials, sustainable or “green” features, protection from the elements and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. They need to include all of these features in a unique, signature design that complements the urban environment and serves as an attractive focal point to the streetscape.
Without knowing anything about cost, materials, or amenities that would be included, it’s hard to pick a definite favorite. Based on design alone, I like Finalist A the best. It looks like it might have a lean bar in addition to a standard bench. Portland has these at some light rail stations and I thought they were a very good way to provide more comfort for many people in a small amount of space. I’m a little concerned about the channelization of water off of the roof though.
I also like the very modern and transparent look of Finalist C. Finalist B seemed a little too traditional for my tastes. That said, I have no problem with the existing COTA bus shelters in downtown. I think they’re pretty nice looking too.