project leader
Melissa R
1717 S. Pleasant Valley
(Cap Metro Stop ID 5779 - East Riverside - Austin, TX )
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the project

While it would be helpful to install a typical Capital Metro bus stop shelter at 1717 Pleasant Valley Road in Austin, Texas to provide shade and rain relief, this particular bust stop site is also ideally situated to address an even greater need in this historically under-served neighborhood: the lack of public spaces and the lack of symbols of neighborhood identity and cultural pride.  

Capital Metro and AIA Austin DesignVoice volunteers interviewed and surveyed 100 bus riders at bus stop 5779, the south-bound bus stop across the street, and customers in front of the adjacent H-E-B grocery store.  We learned that over 60% of the respondents live less than a mile away and almost 70% ride the bus every day as a means of transportation. Because of the many local conveniences, particularly the large H-E-B grocery store and weekend Mercado, this bus stop is unique as it serves as a beginning or ending point on many passengers' journeys. Nearly 100% of the respondents said they would appreciate seeing physical and functional improvements to bus stop 5779. 

The designers of the "Mi Jardin Transit Oriented Pedestrian Plaza" have honored the experience of bus riders by addressing the functional issues of shade, shelter, and seating.  Simultaneously, they have also created a successful "placemaking" structure which creates a thoughtful and beautiful symbol of neighborhood identity and pride.  Please join us in funding this important community initiative project by partnering with AIA DesignVoice, CapMetro, the designers, neighborhood residents, and bus riders to allow Mi Jardin to spring to life!

the steps


May 2016         Mi Jardin Planting & Block Party: 21 individual donations totaled $1,655 raised

August 2016    TransitCenter "Trick Out My Trip" matching campaign; 71 individual donations totaled $8970 raised

March - August 2018    Crowd Funding Mi Jardin Phase 3, CapMetro Stop ID 5779 



Fall 2018                          Manufacturing Development; Engineering and Execution begins

Spring - Summer 2019    Capital Metro Site Preparation complete

Summer - Fall 2019         Installation complete


III.  Continue to educate and inform our community about Mi Jardin – Transit Oriented Pedestrian Plaza located at 1717 S. Pleasant Valley Austin, TX



why we're doing it

This is our opportunity to contribute to our community and built environment through this placemaking project.  Individual bus stops can represent the unique character of the community’s residents and riders who travel through the neighborhood possibly once or daily.  The bus shelters serve multiple functions and while they make a strong first impression with their bold artistic form they go beyond the typical bus stop shelter by collecting rain water and irrigating the native adapted plants. The three whimsical shade structures were inspired by the rhythm and movement of Flamenco dancer’s fans and flowing dresses.  The shelters fan panels will stand out in the landscape and draw positive attention to this community that may never have seen this type of place building opportunity.  




Mi Jardin Bus Stop, Estimate of Probable Cost as of August 2018:

Exterior Bus Stop Furniture


Landscape Forms



3 Benches, 3 Bicycle Racks  & 1 Trash Can






Shade Structures



Landscape Forms Studio 431


Powder Coated Steel Frame


Solid & Laser Cut Local Artist-Designed Aluminum Roof Panels


Stainless Steel Donor Name Recognition


Mi Jardin Education Signage and Story Panels in English and Spanish






Community Artwork Shade Panel


Art Competition Prize Awarded to Local Artist






Site Preparation/Grading


Capital Metro Site Prep


Capital Metro steel and concrete foundation construction









34  3-gallon plants



65  1-gallon plants



Fertilizer, mulch, topsoil & decomposed granite










5% Contingency










Secured project funds, to-date, include:

IN-KIND and ioby Crowd Funding Contributions


Capital Metro IN-KIND contribution for site preparation/grading


ioby - Mi Jardin Block Party funds for new landscaping


ioby - TransitCenter "Trick Out My Trip" matching funds for exterior bus stop furniture








ioby Platform Fee 


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)


ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)






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