May 18, 2024
Annapolis, US 63 F

City Announces More Delays In Bus Shelters

The Annapolis Department of Transportation announced they are waiting for necessary construction drawings from Creative Outdoor Advertising (COA), the company contracted by the City to install, maintain, and manage the bus stop shelters, before giving authorization to begin installation.
After lengthy negotiations, the ten year contract with COA was signed on July 5.
“The City will do everything it can to expedite the permit process, but we are still waiting for COA to submit the proper drawings,” Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen said. “When we signed the contract back on July 5, it was with the understanding that shelters would be up within six to eight weeks.  Now here we are six weeks later, and COA has not installed even one shelter. Our bus riders deserve better.”
“We are currently working on obtaining all required permits,” COA Director of Municipal Administration Inna Gerchikov said.
Creative Outdoor Advertising will construct and install a total of 30 bus stop shelters, along with street furniture. An additional ten shelters may be installed at a later time.
Preliminary locations include:
• West Street at Parole Street
• West Street at Chinquapin Round Road
• West Street at Cherry Grove Avenue
• West Street at Legion Avenue
• West Street at Solomons Island Road
• West Street at Katcef Street
• Riva Road at Holiday Court
• Riva Road at Hearne Road
• Riva Road at Truman Parkway
• Admiral Cochrane Drive at Harry Truman Parkway
• Forest Drive at Riva Road
• Forest Drive at Youngs Farm Road
• Forest Drive at Rosecrest Drive
• Forest Drive at Gemini Drive
• Forest Drive at Chaney Drive
• Forest Drive at South Cherry Grove
• Admiral Drive at Poplar
• Bestgate Road at Harbour Gate Drive
• Bestgate Road at Severn Grove Road
• Bestgate Road at Commerce Park Drive
• Jennifer Road south of Admiral Drive
• Jennifer Road  at Medical Parkway
• Annapolis Mall Road
• Housley Road at Defense Highway
COA is responsible for the installation of the bus stop shelters and street furniture, along with all maintenance, repair and advertising of each shelter.
“I regret our citizens are impacted by this delay,” said Transportation Director Richard Newell.  “In the meantime, we will continue to work closely with COA to get the shelters up and running as quickly as possible.”
Source: City of Annapolis
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