Beta Bus Stop Project Launches Crowdsourced Funding Event
On Monday, the Beta Bus Stop Project, a collective of local civic leaders, architects and city agencies, including the Metro Office of Sustainability, launched a four-day crowdsourced funding event to redesign two bus stops in Louisville.
The bus stops, located in the Shelby Park and SoBro neighborhoods, will be transformed to incorporate benches and other placemaking elements, including wayfinding signs and bicycle racks. The goals of the project are to enhance the bus riding experience, improve connectivity between urban neighborhoods, and draw positive attention to these neighborhoods.
“The Office of Sustainability is vested in increasing bus ridership and bicycling throughout the community,” said Maria Koetter, Director of the Office of Sustainability. “We are pleased to support these community-led efforts to bring attention to alternatives to driving and also to improve the bus commuting experience along these two corridors. We are excited by this public-private partnership and believe these types of projects are one of many ways to raise the sustainability profile of Louisville.”
The Shelby Park bus stop, located on the southeast corner of Logan Street and Oak Street, services the 43 and 25 bus lines. The SoBro bus stop, located on the northwest corner of Kentucky Street and 4th Street, services bus line 4 near Memorial Auditorium and Spalding University, and is along the dedicated bike lane on Kentucky Street.
The campaign requires the re-designed bus stops to be completed by November 25, 2014. During the four-day crowdfunding period, every dollar donated will be matched by the non-profit organization TransitCenter. Louisville is one of several cities participating in ioby’s national Trick out my Trip campaign. ioby is a national crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led, neighbor-funded projects.
In addition to the Office of Sustainability, other contributing partners include the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association, the SoBro Louisville Neighborhood Group, Bicycling for Louisville and Luckett & Farley.
The crowdfunding event will close at midnight on Thursday, October 23. If you would like to support the campaign or learn more, please visit the campaign page at https://www.ioby.org/project/logan-library-linkage.