Tyler artist makes bus stops more comfortable

Tyler artist makes bus stops more comfortable

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas artist is working to make bus stops across the city of Tyler a little more comfortable by adding chairs where there is no seating.

"It's very hard," said bus rider Billy Billington as he described riding the bus during the summer months.

Billington said with his physical disabilities, the most important aspect of his bus ride is having a place to rest when he gets to his stop.

"It's a blessing to have a seat to sit on," said Billington.

That's where art student Nora Schreiber realized she could help.

"I recognized that this was a need that's maybe not being filled, but I could do it," said Schreiber.

Schreiber takes painted chairs to bus stops that don't have seats. She ties the chairs to the transit signs with a couple zip ties. Each chair dawns a special message.

"The chairs have things that say 'respect' and 'worthy' on them so that the people that use them get this kind of positive feeling about it," said Schreiber.

She said her message reaches far more people than those who use the chairs.

"The people that drive by are also getting confronted with giving back and seeing yourself in somebody else's shoes," said Schreiber.

Schreiber isn't just stopping at chairs, either.  Monday, she put out donated umbrellas to prepare for the upcoming rain and she's planning to have water ready when the summer heat rolls in.

City of Tyler transit director Russ Jackson says efforts like this help them better understand where resources are needed.

"There are grants out there that we are looking at to help fund, more extensive than the annual funds that are available to us," said Jackson. "The dropping off water is awesome. My encouragement to people is to help. I think that's what this city is made up of."

Schreiber said her chairs and umbrellas come from donations.

Anyone interested in donating supplies can drop supplies off at Stanley's Bar-B-Que in Tyler.

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