It's a bus stop that will look like a living room.
The Airport Corridor Transportation Association will hold a grand opening Tuesday of what it is calling the region's first Super Stop, a hub that will serve bus passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists, at the corridor's busiest bus stop in front of IKEA in Robinson.
The stop is the transfer point for RideACTA, the free on-demand service that enables riders of Port Authority's 28X Airport Flyer to connect to workplaces within a 1.5-mile radius. Two other authority bus routes also serve the stop. Lynn Manion, ACTA executive director, estimated that 400 riders use the stop on a typical day.
The stop will have two shelters with seating and standing room, and the back walls will have a plastic film with images of IKEA furnishings so that when riders sit on the benches, it will appear as though they are in a living room. The stop will have bike racks, picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles and a bike work station where cyclists can make simple repairs.
A new pedestrian crossing will connect the stop to Robinson Town Centre.
A four-leg intersection with signals has been installed on Park Manor Boulevard connecting the entrances to IKEA and the shopping center across from it. A protected channel has been installed on Park Manor for traffic turning left from the PNC driveway, a spot where there have been several crashes. The channel will give drivers more room to merge into the existing travel lanes on Park Manor.
Share-the-road signage has been installed between the Montour Trail and the new stop.
The project was aided by a $700,000 PennDOT grant. IKEA, PNC and the Robinson township government also contributed. IKEA gave more than $250,000, including donating land, and made more than $1 million of upgrades to its site to complement the public improvements. The grand opening is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
Jon Schmitz: email@example.com or 412-263-1868. First Published July 28, 2014 12:00 AM