City to install shelter at Walmart
Thomasville City Council approved an agreement that will put a bus shelter at the busiest stop in town.
Council on Jan. 21 approved a transit station licensing agreement with Walmart, allowing the city to install a shelter at the bus stop site on Liberty Drive.
“To locate a shelter at the site, we needed a letter from Walmart corporate,” City Manager Kelly Craver said. “They already have a transit station licensing agreement that they use at other locations. They forwarded the document to our staff and it was reviewed by our attorney for approval. It allows us to move forward at the appropriate time to install the bus station at the site.”
Council in 2012 budgeted $25,000 for the addition of several bus shelters across the city. There currently are four shelters along the 61-stop city bus route, but those were installed by the county. According to city statistics, the Walmart stop, traveled more than 10 percent of the time, is the busiest on the route.
“By far it's used the most,” said Councilman Raleigh York. “At the present time, like at most other stops, people have to stand out and wait on the bus in the weather. The shelter will give them a place to get out of the wind and rain.”
As the usage rate for the city bus service increased, council saw a need to add more shelters. When Davidson County Commissioners last year balked at a potential $100,000 grant that would have helped fund the project, council elected to proceed with the project using city funds.
The city is in the process of pricing shelters that would fit their need. One potential candidate to build the shelters is a Thomasville company.
“Trying to decide where to get them and so forth is what is causing the delay,” York said. “But we do want to go ahead and get them because we have a lot of people who are riding these buses and we want to give them some kind of shelter, especially at the ones with the larger riderships.”
The city, as part of the agreement with Walmart, is required to maintain the site and can license any advertising at the shelter.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.