VIA is installing new bus shelters throughout the City. The KWA requested that bus stops within King William Historic District be of a style more compatible with our historic buildings.

The transit ridership is very high at the Pedro Huizar Park bus stop, and was at the top of VIA’s list for improvements. As Committee Chair for the beautification for the park, we have worked with VIA to recycle a “pagoda style” bus shelter from downtown. This request needed approval from both the KWA Board, VIA and the City’s Park and Recreation Department. In addition to the approval to relocate the bus shelter, the site needs to be upgraded to improve handicap access.

Once all the above entities were on board with the concept, we worked with VIA and the City regarding funding and improvements to the park. VIA has taken the plans and received approval from the City’s Historic and Design Review Commission on May 3, 2015. VIA is now working with the City to get an easement to place the new brick paver foundation and relocate the bus shelter on City parkland. This will need to go to City Council for approval. Due to budget constraints, remaining park improvements will be implemented in two phases by the Park and Recreation Department.

When working with two government entities, projects take time and coordination. We are glad that VIA and the City have taken time to partner with KWA on this important gateway to our neighborhood. The final project will result in a more compatible bus shelter and improved park.

- Curtis Johnson

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