The sensitive use of art and design in transit systems has long been recognized as a tool that gives vibrancy to public spaces and presents images of the local culture and architectural heritage. Transit systems throughout the world illustrate the contribution of public art and its role in establishing relationships with the community. The Federal Transit Administration, through a policy statement, has noted that “the visual quality of the nation’s mass transit systems has a profound impact on transit patrons and the community at large. Good design and art can improve the appearance and safety of a facility, give vibrancy to its public spaces, and make patrons feel welcome.”
In an effort to augment transit capital projects, rehabilitation projects, or local shelter enhancements, the VIA Art in Transit (AIT) Program advances the role of VIA in its quest for design excellence throughout the VIA service area, and links agency-wide transit facilities and amenities through public art and placemaking opportunities.
A collaborative approach to public art results in better integration of the artistic influence on materials selection, spatial considerations, and overall design approach to a transit facility.