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Lafayette moving forward with bus stop improvements

Posted: 10:26 PM, Aug 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-22 23:26:22-04

The Lafayette Parish Council is moving forward a proposal to improve the city’s bus stops. Right now, the city has more than 600 bus stops, but just 10 percent are sheltered.

Councilwoman Liz Webb Hebert is proposing an Adopt- A – Stop program. The program will be a private-public partnership to get all bus stops covered.

“I ride the bus every day. I love the bus system, it’s great, but I don’t think there are enough covered bus stops,” Jackline Mouton said.

The Rosa Parks Transportation system sees hundreds of people every day as buses make frequent stops. Some who ride the Lafayette Transit System say it is their only mode of transportation and during the heat and rain, it causes issues.

“So you can go out when it’s rainy and when its hot outside. People take the bus every day to go to work and they arrive at work full of sweat,” Mouton said.

Councilwoman Liz Webb Hebert is hoping businesses, families, and individuals will come together and raise funds for more stops. Most stops in Lafayette are now just signs posted on poles. Commuters gather at the pole until the bus arrives.

The new stops would be covered and will include a bench and a trash can.