Bus Shelters being installed
by Lenny Roberts
After years of trying to balance the need for bus shelters
along Highway 33 with the public's insistence to reduce visual
pollution, County Supervisor Steve Bennett announced last week
that the installation of 10 advertisement-free
shelters has begun.
"These shelters will be a big help to the bus riders of
the valley, and hopefully, they'll encourage more people to get
around without cars," Bennett said.
"The MAC (Ojai Valley Municipal Advisory Council) and the
Bus Stops Here Committee did a great job soliciting community
input and selecting a shelter that works well with the valley.
Their hard work enabled the county to secure grant funds so that
these shelters could be built without advertising."
The shelters will be located at the most heavily used SCAT bus
stops in Casitas Springs, Oak View and Mira Monte. The locations
and designs were selected by the MAC with input from the Bus
Stops Here Committee, Bennett explained, adding that as future
grant funding becomes available, a planned six more shelters
will be added.
Steve Offerman, of Bennett's office, said $76,650 of the $85,500
project was secured through grants from the Ventura County Transportation
Commission, with the balance coming from the county.
"The shelters will provide a bench and protection from sun
and rain for bus riders, as well as a trash can," Offerman
said. (Consolidated Industries has donated garbage collection
"The Bus Stops Here Committee was instrumental in identifying
a shelter design that would fit within a reasonable budget, and
thereby offer a viable alternative to using shelters with advertising."
Offerman added that commitments from organizations such as the
Group Against Graffiti to maintain the shelters which made it
possible for the County to take on this additional responsibility
were also secured.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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Hammond, Joe Banuelos and Jeff Renshaw of Union Engineering,
lower the roof of one of the 10 new bus stop shelters being installed
around the valley. The shelters, paid for by the county, will
provide shelter from sun and rain to commuters without subjecting
them to the advertising barrage seen at most bus stops.