Oh happy day! I just saw an exciting announcement through the City of CR News email, and it’s long over due. Almost two years ago I heard about CR Transit looking into partnering with Creative Outdoor Advertising to get new bus shelters. Like most things with an overworked, under funded organization, progress can be slow, but at least there is progress! The current bus shelters are owned and maintained by the city and they are super outdated and many are frequently vandalized. The benches in them tend to be a mess, most leak when it rains, and many tend to have broken glass, making them useless if rain isn’t falling straight down or the wind is blowing.
The city’s release about the new shelters says:
“Transit riders in Cedar Rapids will soon be seeing welcome changes at their local bus stops in the form of innovative new bus shelters. The shelters are supplied by Creative Outdoor Advertising (COA) at no cost to the city. The shelters will provide transit riders with shade from the hot Iowa sun, as well as shelter from the rain, wind and snow. The shelters will also provide local businesses with a visible and affordable advertising venue.”
The new partnership with COA will put the maintenance in their hands as well as provide opportunities for local businesses to advertise in these locations, and possibly the best part for CR Transit is that they are F-R-E-E. COA makes their money through advertisements and they are supposed to only work with local businesses, so the advertisements are relevant to the community.
You can see the full list of shelters going up in Cedar Rapids here (39 in all), and view their locations on this map. And for those interested in seeing the shelters without going to their location, you can find that information here. Just select Cedar Rapids, IA from the “Area Name” drop-down list and click the “View Site Photos” camera icon shown below.
I haven’t investigated all of the new shelter locations, but I believe they are just replacing existing shelters, not adding new ones. Hopefully this partnership works well and we can start to see more shelters in new locations after the initial switch. I am excited to see the new shelters pop up and try them out myself!
Check out the city’s release for the full scoop on these new bus shelters.