COTA dedicates first passenger shelters
In February the Central Ohio Transit Authority unveiled its first bus shelters build on Capitol Square in Columbus. The shelters feature copper roofing and metal scrollwork, and are inspired by a 19th Century streetcar passenger shelter at the U.S. Capitol and maintain a
similar architectural style to the structure of the Ohio Statehouse. The shelters also feature time- and temperature-controlled heaters and internal lighting triggered by the level of light around the structure.
The shelters will serve approximately 5,000 boardings each weekday and 35 lines, while providing enough shelter between the two for about 190 people at a time, inside and under the roof extension. The shelter structures are expected to last 50-100 years if maintained properly.
The two new shelters at the Statehouse cost approximately $295,000.00, from design to installation. The funding for the shelters was from 20 percent COTA local funds and 80 percent federal funds.