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Bus Stop Improvements

About Bus Stop Improvements

The City of Takoma Park initiated a comprehensive effort to update, inventory, and improve all bus stops in the City in order to encourage bus ridership and use of public transportation. Bus stop amenities make public transit more appealing and can, in turn, increase ridership. The aim is to make bus stops in Takoma Park accessible, safe, comfortable, and informative.

Current Project Status

Through the spring and summer of 2022, new bus shelters were installed at the following, and custom Takoma Arts vinyl decals were installed at the following locations:

  • Flower Ave & Houston Ave (2)
  • New Hampshire Ave & Holton Ln
  • Maple Ave & Grant Ave
  • Maple Ave & Hilltop Rd

Planning staff are working to identify strategies for the remaining high-volume stops, which face intense engineering challenges.

Boy in snorkel gear sits at newly installed bus stop with tropical fish decals.
New bus shelter at Maple Ave & Hilltop Rd received a tropical treatment

Project Background

In May 2019, the City was awarded a MWCOG Technical Assistance Grant for a bus stop accessibility inventory.  The selected consultants, KFH Group,  inventoried all bus stops in the City with a focus on ADA compliance, accessibility, and bike and pedestrian improvements to facilitate region-wide multi-modal transportation and connectivity. The project concluded with a set of priorities and actionable recommendations for both stand alone and capital improvements.

Staff then inventoried all bus stops within the City for ridership numbers and presence of amenities. An interactive map is available which displays all bus stops, ridership numbers, and the presence of amenities.

Takoma Park Bus Stop Analysis – Interactive Map

In January 2020, the City Council passed a resolution in support of improved bus stop features across the City.  The effort prioritized the installation of bus shelters at stops which met selected (high) ridership, racial equity, climate impact, cost, and safety criteria.

New, glass-sided bus shelter at Maple Ave & Grant Ave.
New bus shelter at Maple Ave & Grant Ave

 

Project Lead and Contact Info

Alex Freedman
Acting Planning & Development Manager
Phone: 301-891-7119
Email: alexanderf@takomaparkmd.gov

Quicklinks

Bus Stop Improvements Details

Project Info & Timeline

Budget and Funding Source

  • $50,000 for technical assistance from MWCOG to fund the bus stop accessibility inventory.
  • $60,000 for acquisition of five bus shelters from City General Fund.
  • Some bus shelter installations will be funded through the City’s on-going contract with In-Site Media. Other improvements will be funded by the City or additional grant funding when applicable.

Links & Notes

Project Timeline

Ongoing Bus Shelter Installation and Implementation of Recommendations

Planning and Community Development Division Sections