Living Room Station – Your Home Before You Get Home

You’re invited to Living Room Station – Your Home Before You Get Home, a new kind of bus stop at 6th and Nicollet Mall by The Musicant Group and Onyx Cycles, created as part of a larger initiative by the Downtown Improvement District (DID) in partnership with Metro Transit.

The Living Room Station project asks, why can’t a bus stop be as inviting, cozy, social and pleasant as your own living room? Well, it can be!

Living Room Station is The Musicant Group’s response to DID and Metro Transit’s interest in  testing temporary, experimental prototypes for addressing transit waiting area needs in the downtown public realm. This project is aimed at generating design solutions that can be applied to multiple sites and that can be used by Metro Transit to apply toward permanent installations.

Living Room Station exists at the highest ridership location in Downtown that lacks a shelter, with over 1,000 daily riders and home to the 14 and 94 routes, among others. Our design was created after extensive outreach with riders at the intersection, in partnership with the Youth Coordinating Board’s Street Outreach Team. We found that riders most frequently requested: shelter, seating, entertainment, and bus arrival information. We in turn created Living Room Station, a comfortable, inviting, and fun place to wait for the bus and enjoy our Downtown. It is equipped with:
  • New seating for 5-6 people
  • Shelter from rain
  • A clock
  • A large-typeface bus schedule
  • Free board games, books, and drawing supplies
  • Decorative string lighting
  • Live entertainment each weekday afternoon from 3:30-5pm
Programming Schedule for Living Room Station
Every weekday between Wednesday, October 21 and Friday, October 30 visitors to Living Room Station will be treated to free programming and entertainment produced by The Musicant Group:
  • 10/21/2015 – Wednesday – Just Because: free flowers and card making for families, friends, or yourself
  • 10/22/2015 – Thursday – Tea Time: free hot tea and board games while you wait
  • 10/23/2015 – Friday – Singing in the Rain: music and umbrella escort from the station to the bus
  • 10/26/2015 – Monday – Pumpkin Carving: decorate the Living Room for the holidays!
  • 10/27/2015 – Tuesday – Family Game Night: board games while you wait for the bus
  • 10/28/2015 – Wednesday – Singing in the Rain: music and umbrella escort from the station to the bus
  • 10/29/2015 – Thursday – House Party: Live accordion, free apple cider and a good time
  • 10/30/2015 – Friday – Trick or Treat at Living Room Station!