COTA celebrates new High Street passenger shelters

 

COLUMBUS— On Wednesday, August 13 the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) celebrated the installation of new Downtown passenger shelters on High Street, designed in partnership with Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

 

Gathered at the northbound shelter on S. High Street between Fulton and Mound streets, various project partners, COTA employees and COTA Trustees took part in a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

 

The ribbon cutting featured Michael Young, who designed the shelters as a student at CCAD. Michael graduated in 2012 and is a Junior Designer for Zukun Plan, a product design firm located in Gahanna.

 

COTA challenged a class of CCAD industrial design students to submit designs for the new passenger shelters. The students were asked to incorporate innovative materials, recommend sustainable or "green" features, provide protection from the elements for customers, and were required to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The community and COTA staff had the opportunity to offer feedback on designs from three finalists, and Michael Young’s design was selected to be constructed along High Street.

 

Speakers at the event included Curtis Stitt, President/CEO, COTA, Tom White, President, CCAD, and Marilyn Brown, Franklin County Commissioner.

 

The new shelters demonstrate COTA’s commitment to providing customers with a clean and safe place out of the elements to wait for the bus, and reinforce COTA’s investment in the revitalization of Downtown.

 

The 13 new shelters cost approximately $479,735 for fabrication and installation, which is being completed by Brasco International, Inc.

 

For more information please visit cota.com or contact COTA at (614) 228-1776.