Bus Stop Improvements
About Bus Stop Improvements
The City of Takoma Park has 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. The presence of amenities at bus stops make public transit more appealing and can in turn increase ridership. This project aims to make bus stops in Takoma Park accessible, safe, comfortable, and informative.
This effort supports the Council’s goals of sustainability, racial equity, and a livable community for all. Bus stops with the highest ridership will be prioritized and additional stops will then be evaluated for further improvements. In January 2020, the City Council passed a resolution in support of this work, prioritizing the installation of bus shelters at stops which met selected ridership, racial equity, climate impact, cost, and safety criteria.
Current Project Status
In May 2019, the City was awarded a MWCOG Technical Assistance Grant for a bus stop accessibility inventory. The selected consultants, KFH Group, will inventory 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 will conclude with a set of priorities and actionable recommendations for both stand alone and capital improvements.
Staff has also 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.
Project Lead and Contact Info
Bus Stop Improvements Details
Project Info & Timeline
- Completion Date: Improvements are ongoing; MWCOG Grant concludes in June 2020
- Takoma Park’s Role in Project: Lead
- Departments Involved: Housing & Community Development, Public Works
Budget and Funding Source
The City received $50,000 in technical assistance from MWCOG to fund the bus stop accessibility inventory. Some bus shelter installation 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.
Bus Shelter Installation and Implementation of Recommendations
- Spring 2020
KFH Group Council Presentation and Final Report
- Spring 2020
Staff Review of Recommendations
- Winter/Spring 2020
KFH Data Collection
- November 2019
Kick-Off Meeting with KFH Group
- Fall 2019
Staff Inventory and Mapping of Bus Stops
- October 2019
KFH Group Selected as Consultant
- May 2019
MWCOG Technical Assistance Grant Awarded for Bus Stop Accessibility Inventory