Watertown installing new bus shelters

Updated: Oct. 16, 2019 at 3:26 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Updates are coming to Watertown's bus system. The city is using grant money to help improve transportation.

Charles Lewis often catches the bus in front of Stewart's on Mill Street.

"During the winter you gonna have to stand out in this nasty winter you know," he said.

But come next spring, Lewis will have a place to get out of the cold. The city is installing a bus shelter in front of Stewart's using grant money as part of updates to the CitiBus system.

'I'm elated. It's about time," Lewis said.

Another shelter will be put up soon on Franklin Street. A third shelter is already up in front of the Salvation Army.

"The first day it was operational there was six people in there because it was pouring rain," said Major Dennis Smullen, Salvation Army.

All three of the shelters will become designated bus stops. Each shelter costs between $7,000 and $10,000.

City officials are concerned that people might not know where to catch a bus so they are putting up 60 signs to mark stops.

"Creating the defined stops will help make the bus more efficient. It will make the routes clearer and hopefully help people who want to ride the bus everyday," said City Planner Geoffrey Urda.

Urda says that even though there now will be designated stops, the bus will still pick up people who wave at intersections along routes so nobody gets left behind.

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