Rover Public Transit is taking delivery of 16 public transit shelters located along various routes throughout the city of Murfreesboro, officials recently announced.
Nsite Inc., a construction company from Milan, Tenn., is installing the shelters, said Nellie Patton, assistant director of the Murfreesboro Transportation Department.
The shelters are primarily being funded with monies from the Federal Transit Administration small urban program, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and local dollars.
Of the $160,000 total cost, 95 percent utilizes federal or state funding to install the 16 shelters under the contract, Patton said.
A service assessment, completed in August 2010 by TranSystems and Sterling Communications, included details on locations where the ridership often waited for the buses. Those findings were used to determine where the shelters will be placed along the routes, Patton said.
The shelters range in size from 10 by 5 feet to 15 by 5 feet. Thirteen of the shelters will be the smaller 10-foot shelters and all will have a bench for seating. Three of the shelters are 15 by 5 feet and will be placed near the Wal-Mart locations on the Mercury Route and the Old Fort Route, with the remaining large shelter being placed near the entrance to state route 840 on Northwest Broad Street at the Regional Transportation Authority Park and Ride location.
Rover ridership has increased steadily since its inception in 2007, with more than 259,000 residents using the public transportation system during the last fiscal year.
Nine new medium-duty, 23-passenger low-floor buses were delivered to Rover this past July and with installation of the passenger waiting shelters this week, Rover is seeking to show its riders their needs and requests are being identified, considered and met to the extent possible within funding and operational considerations.