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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Would Bus Ridership Increase...

...if the bus stops looked like this?


Source: Planetizen, via The Design Blog

Instead of rusting in a junkyard, these decommissioned school busses contribute to the urban streetscape and busrider comfort.

Metro's Arts in Transit program's director should consider contacting the artist.

Speaking of Arts in Transit, the Poetry in Motion program seems intriguing. I'm assuming (it's not explained on the website) that these poems and the graphics that accompany them adorn the sides of busses and possibly Metrolink cars as well.

This poem, by Mary Ruth Donnelly, was my favorite:



Bringing art and life to transit will only endear people to it. Well done on both accounts.

6 comments:

Jason M. Stokes said...

I've only ever seen the graphics and poems on the inside of buses and metro, up on the top where ads are located. I'm pretty sure they aren't used as wrap.

Andrew J. Faulkner said...

Jason is right. Unfortunately, at this point Poetry in motion is only used as placeholder signs on the ad rack inside the buses and trains.

Making transit exciting and fun is a task most transit agencies are ill-suited to perform. What if artists in residence could design and implement whole car graphic wraps.

What if one specific car was painted inside with chalkboard paint and allowed to become a vehicle of free expression?

The Nashville Metro Transit Authority has an in-house soul band (called Transit!) What can St. Louis do to spice up public transit?

Jenniferwhatnot said...

Poetry in Motion isn't used as "placeholders", they are an important program that we save space for on the buses and trains. But no, we don't use them as "wraps" - that's a very costly procedure and the art budget is somewhat limited.

However, our AIT program does do a lot more than just Poetry in Motion - you might have heard about the new art piece "Hive" on the Delmar Loop (pardon the roughness of the video, it was our first one!). We also have the art bus fleet, I'm sure you've seen some of them rolling around.

The AIT program is also involved with all capital projects and we get artists' input into design, which includes not just sculpture, but lighting, landscape architecture, structural design, signage, materials, and flow & spatial issues. Take a look at some of the MetroLink stations, especially on the Cross County extension, and you'll see the hand of Arts in Transit everywhere.

-- Jennifer

Jenniferwhatnot said...

On a related note, check this out! Wish we had some like that.

Daron said...

Here's another one.
http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/07/project-bottlestop-a-solar-powered-bottle-adorned-bus-shelter/

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