Competition Information

A new challenge has begun. This challenge focuses on a busy public transit area in Salt Lake City, Utah. The area is a major hub for the neighborhood called Sugarhouse. The challenge brief and prize information can be found here. Have fun and good luck.

About This Website

This website is part of a research project called “Crowdsourcing Public Participation in Transit Planning.” Traditionally, government agencies ask for public input on planning projects by holding open meetings and workshops. The purpose of this project is to get this public input in a different way: online.

This project is a collaboration between the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning and Department of Communication at the University of Utah and the Utah Transit Authority. The project is supported by U.S. Federal Transit Administration grant 2008-DOT-FTA-PTPP: Innovative Small Research Projects to Advance Public Participation Related to Public Transportation Planning.

About Our First Design Challenge

In the summer of 2009, more than 3,000 people joined forces to design a better bus stop for a specific location. In just a few months, 260 bus stop designs were submitted to the site, and more than 11,000 votes determined the top winning designs. This time around, we’re asking you to give your input on a new set of bus stops, and you’re not just limited to designing bus shelters. We’ve archived the website for the first design so you can see all the submissions.

Design Considerations

Whenever you design something, you’re not figuring out how it looks as much as you are how it works. How well it works means taking things into consideration that you might not initially think about. To help out, we’ve put together a list of design considerations for you. Take a look and see if it helps you design a better bus stop. Design Considerations

Design Tools

Here’s a list of some tools and downloads that you might find helpful when designing your bus stop. Have fun.

Questions? Feedback?

Let us know if you have any questions about the site. We also would love your input on how we can make this project better.

For all questions, media inquiries, or suggestions for improvement to the website, please send an email to:

Media Inquiries

Media organizations should visit our Press page.

Sponsored by the Utah Transit Authority, Federal Transit Authority and The University of Utah