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SPOKANE, Wash. - A sample of the City of Spokane's proposed bus bench has been installed at the northwest corner of North Division Street and West Mission Avenue. 

The bench will be available for citizens to view and try out until Friday, September 4. 

Earlier this summer, the City of Spokane named Creative Outdoor Advertising, of Jupiter, Florida as the apparent winner of the City's bus bench contract.  A contract with Creative Outdoor Advertising still must be considered by the City Council.

The Citizens Task Force for Bus Bench Standards recommended Creative Outdoor Advertising based on a number of criteria that were included in a request for proposals. The Task Force felt the company had:

  • The best bench. The bench looks good, has built-in garbage cans, and flexibility to set them up to fit needs in different locations.
  • The most comprehensive maintenance plan. The proposal includes a commitment to repair any bench within 24 hours, to remove trash regularly, and provide other regular maintenance.
  • An extensive track record. Creative Outdoor Advertising provides benches in many municipalities across the country and has more than 20 years of experience in the bus bench and related business.
  • Highest return for the City. This proposal would offer the greatest revenue to the City for use of the right of way.

Once a contract is approved, new benches would be installed over a 90-day period. The RFP anticipated a 5-year contract with the successful applicant to place bus benches in a minimum of 200 locations in the City with the possibility for a 5-year renewal.

- City of Spokane

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