Denton County Transportation Authority officials will have an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate its first new bus shelter placed in Denton.
The shelters, 20 in all, are expected to be a welcome addition at bus stops to provide cover and convenience for DCTA passengers. The first of the new shelters was installed at the Denton County MHMR Center, which both center and DCTA officials agree has a great need for a shelter.
The ribbon-cutting for the shelter will be at 3 p.m. today at the center, 2519 Scripture St. Officials have said the public is invited to the event.
“I appreciate they put us first on the list,” said Pam Gutierrez, MHMR Center executive director. “I think it shows the importance of our mental health service and what this means to the center and to the community.
“It is so difficult for our clients in the cold weather or hot weather, they are very sensitive to the different elements. The clients can come back in the building but then the bus will pass them and they will have to wait quite a long time for another bus to come.”
Gutierrez said that she, Carrie Breedlove, Phyllis Finley and a former staff member, June Hood, had been working for years to get the shelter installed at the center.
The bus stop at the center and the other 19 will be upgraded with a bench, trash can and overhead covering for those waiting for the buses.
Total cost for the shelters is about $60,000.
Kristina Brevard, marketing and communications manager for DCTA, said staff chose to make the center the first shelter installed simply because of client needs.
“A large concentration of them use our services. Since then, we have installed other shelters in Denton — we have about five installed,” she said.
There is no timetable on the full installation of all the shelters, but Brevard said the agency is working with the city of Denton to get them installed as quickly as possible.
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