Case Studies of Art and Design in Public Transportation

To assist public transportation agencies and communities in their consideration for including design and art in their transit investments, FTA is providing this resource of projects that creatively utilized Federal funding into their capital projects.

Norwalk Transit District’s Restoration and Display of Works Progress Administration Murals


Project: Collection and Display of Works Progress Administration Murals
Location: FTA Region I, Norwalk Transit District - Norwalk, Connecticut
Function: Bus Storage, Maintenance and Administrative Facility
Link to Case Study: Norwalk Transit District's Restoration and Display of Works Program Administration Murals 

Arthur G. Hull's "India" and "Venice, The Musicians," on display in the lobby of Norwalk Transit District's bus storage, maintenance and administration facility, depict the travels of the explorer Marco Polo.
Arthur G. Hull's "India" (left) and "Venice, The Musicians" (right) on display in the lobby of Norwalk Transit District's bus storage, maintenance and administration facility.
  

Lower Manhattan's South Ferry Subway Terminal


Project: South Ferry Subway Terminal Project
Location: FTA Region II, Metropolitan Transportation Authority - New York City, NY
Function: Heavy Rail Passenger Facility
Link to Case Study: Lower Manhattan's South Ferry Subway Terminal   425 fused glass panels illustrating silhouetted trees are used in “See it split, see it change,” by Doug and Mike Starn, on display in the South Ferry Subway Terminal in New York, NY.
Concourse of the South Ferry Subway Terminal, adorned by Doug and Mike Starn's work, "See it Split, see it change."

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's HealthLine Rapid Transit System

Project: Station Design and Art Along the HealthLine Rapid Transit System
Location: FTA Region V, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority - Cleveland, Ohio
Function: Bus Rapid Transit Passenger Facilities
Link to Case Study: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's HealthLine Rapid Transit System 

Four stainless steel columns depict dancers in "Chorus Line Luminaries," by Stephen Manka. This piece adorns the HealthLine's East 14th stop.
Stephen Manka's "Chorus Line Luminaries" adorns the East 14th Street stop along Cleveland's HealthLine.

Valley Metro's METRO Public Art

Project: Valley Metro Rail Inc., Light Rail Line
Location: FTA Region IX, Valley Metro Transit System - Phoenix, Arizona
Function: Light Rail Transit Passenger Facilities
Link to Case Study: Valley Metro's METRO Public Art

A METRO Rail light rail vehicle approaches a station in Phoenix, AZ. Pictures of runners are displayed along the station platform.
A METRO Rail vehicle approaches the Washington / Central Avenue station.  This station features“Downtown Work and Play” by Stephen Farley.  Porcelain enamel panels depict scenes of people working, shopping and playing in Downtown Phoenix.

Shreveport, LA’s Painted Art Buses

Project: Locally themed buses painted by local artists
Location: Shreveport, LA
Function: Use of exterior bus advertisement space as mobile murals
Link to Case Study: Shreveport, LA’s painted art buses

Rolie Poie Olie bus by William Joyce. (Source: G. Eddy)

Asheville’s “Art on Transit” Bus Wrap Program

Project:  Display of local artists’ work on vinyl bus wraps
Location:  Asheville, NC
Function: Use of exterior bus advertisement space as mobile murals
Link to Case Study:  Asheville’s “Art on Transit” bus wrap program

"Jewel Forest" by Ray Noland. (Source: Ashevillenc.gov)

 

St. Louis MetroLink’s Arts-in-Transit Art Bus Fleet

Project: Community inspired art bus wraps
Location: St. Louis, MO
Function: Use of exterior bus advertisement space as mobile murals
Link to Case Study: St. Louis MetroLink’s Arts-in-Transit Art Bus Fleet

St. Louis Chess Club bus 2009. Designed by Arcturis