This transit center provides a safe and clean "airport-like" environment for RTA customers while they wait to transfer between bus services. A 2,000 square foot indoor waiting area offers a customer service area, restrooms, and a food vending area. There are state-of-the-art electronic customer information signs, both inside the waiting area and at the each of the 12 bus bays.
Buses lay over at the transit center, and you can board them as they start their trip.
This is also the pick-up point for Megabus.
Wolstein Center., officially the Bert L. and Iris Wolstein Convocation Center
On Oct. 19, 2010, RTA dedicated the $9.3 million transit center in honor of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. The facility, RTA's first downtown bus hub, was known as the East Side Transit Center during much of the planning process. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sept. 10, 2009.
The Ohio Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) recognized RTA with an Ohio Engineering Excellence Award for this project.
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Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones
The Congresswoman was a strong supporter of transit. She was instrumental in securing funding for the building. Tubbs Jones represented Ohio's 11th District from Jan. 3, 1999, until the time of her death on Aug. 20, 2008.
RTA commissioned a sculpture of the Congresswoman for the transit center. The sculpture, by local artist Michael Murphy, is composed of layers of steel plates positioned to create a 5-foot tall bust. The transit center plaza incorporates the pearl and other symbols of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, which the Congresswoman so actively supported.
It is a coordinated development with CSU, which owns the land that was once a surface parking lot. It has a high concentration of CSU students, transit users and transit service. Part of the site may someday hold new CSU housing or a mixed-use building design that may include commercial retail space.