WSC Student Spearheads Bus Stop Shelter
Dec. 1, 2009 -- Last winter Laurien Moes thought that she and others should have some shelter while freezing in the cold in Gunnison, waiting for the Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority bus to Crested Butte. This winter, thanks to the efforts from the WSC senior, she won’t have to.
Moes had the idea to build a permanent structure at the bus stop on Colorado and Ohio, and after consulting some friends and community members, she took the project up in an outdoor leadership class last semester. She then submitted a proposal to the college’s Sustainability Fund, which awarded $9100 for the project. The City of Gunnison also supported the project with $1500. Chief Construction was the contractor that built the shelter.
A small, enclosed shelter was completed on Nov. 25, just as Crested Butte Mountain Resort began its ski season.
Drew Jenkins, associate vice president for finance and administration at WSC, stated that the college hopes the structure will encourage students and residents to take the RTA bus instead of driving.
Moes is pleased that her efforts led to fruition so quickly.
“It’s very rewarding to do a student project that will benefit many people,” she said.
She added that she hopes the structure will inspire others across town.
“Hopefully it’s an example of more to come.”
Story by: Luke Mehall, assistant director of public relations and communications