04/13/05 — City bus riders finally get some shelter

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City bus riders finally get some shelter

By Matt Shaw
Published in News on April 13, 2005 1:49 PM

Gimme shelter -- at last.

The first of Gateway's long-awaited bus shelters was erected Tuesday on Simmons Street, behind the Wayne County Office Building, home of the Social Services and Health departments.

Goldsboro city employees dug the foundation and poured the concrete slab Monday. The actual shelter was built Tuesday.

The city plans to put up shelters at 10 other locations: Kmart, Berkeley Mall, Piggly Wiggly on Lionel Street, Eastpointe mental health agency, Courtyard Apartments, and Seymour Homes, Westhaven, Fairview, Lincoln Homes, Woodcrest and Elmwood Terrace public housing units.

Each of the shelters will be closed on three sides. A bench stretching three-quarters of the length of the shelter will be mounted inside. The remaining space will be for wheelchairs.

The shelters have been discussed since the city bus service began in October 2000, but they've been held up by governmental red tape.

It took the authority three years to have a procurement document approved by the state. The shelters were delayed last year as the authority's board hired new management.