Collaboration Meets Innovation to Create a New CATA Bus Stop
Collaboration and innovative ideas are part of what makes our team so special – especially when they’re least expected.
Nick Zickefoose, a customer experience representative at CATA, saw a need in the community and set out to fulfill it.
Using Teamwork and Customer Feedback to Turn an Idea into Reality
A CATA rider contacted Nick suggesting a new bus stop on Route 9 in front of Atlas Meds Pharmacy. “He told me about how a lot of elderly and disabled customers use that particular pharmacy, but they had to walk from the current Route 9 stops to get there – which isn’t always easy for someone depending on their situation,” Nick said. Before a new stop was in place, the walk to Atlas Meds Pharmacy was several blocks.
“The addition of this stop made sense from a number of angles,” said Kai Christiansen, the CATA Service Planning and Scheduling Manager.
Kai received an email from Nick with the new bus stop suggestion. “I didn’t want to just let [the] request go unheard as it sounded like it had the potential to help a lot of people,” Nick said. “I remembered being told early in my time at CATA about Kai Christiansen over in planning and he’s incredibly good with these sorts of things.”
Kai was pleasantly surprised when Nick reached out to him and immediately got to work. “The quality of the information which Nick provided to me made my work easy,” Kai said. He noted it was "clear and actionable, making this process very straightforward.”
How a New Bus Stop is Created
The creation of a new CATA bus stop involves communication with stakeholders and configuration to meet customer, property owner and municipal needs. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance is also important.
Once the stop has been designed, the building can begin. A contractor is methodically chosen, geolocation is added and a stop number is assigned.
The process to create a new bus stop involves CATA’s planning, facilities and procurement departments. It wouldn’t be possible without a strong and passionate team.
“It is always rewarding to be able to help facilitate the needs of our customers and create transportation solutions that make sense,” Kai said.
The new stop on Route 9 is now up and running on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of Atlas Meds Pharmacy.
CATA’s priority continues to be meeting the mobility needs of our region. This priority is made possible in part through our dynamic, collaborative workforce.
To learn more about Nick Zickefoose and the collaborative efforts of his department, click here.