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Columbia Bus Station was the first building to become LEED certified

July 21, 2010

Contributed by Columbia Office of Sustainability

On July 16th, Columbia’s public transportation hub, Wabash station, celebrated its 100th birthday. The original Wabash station was opened in 1910 and was a busy stop. In 1964 the Norfolk and Western Railroad company adopted the station, and its routs were expanded to connect to Kansas City, St. Louis, and towns in surrounding states.[1] On Monday, September 20, 1965, Columbia began providing commuter services to citizens.[2] The Wabash station has since been transformed into Columbia’s hub for city busses. In 2007 the Wabash station went under extensive renovations. Renovations included the addition of a new administrative annex, expanded waiting area in the historic depot, and a covered walkway extended in the back of the building.[3]
The celebration for the Wabash station’s centennial anniversary included live music by a bluegrass band as well as a blues/folk/swing band named The Mere Mortals, ‘Wabash Tracks’ ice cream, and a makeshift train for children called “The Wieman Express” and conducted by the city’s solid waste utility manager Richard Wieman made out of recycled plastic barrels and pulled by a tractor.[4]

The Wabash station has the distinction of being one of Columbia’s oldest buildings, yet also the first City building to be LEED certified, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design. It is fitting that the hub of public transportation is now one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the city. Public transportation is good for the environment and our quality of life. Public transportation cuts down on the number of cars on the road, decreasing the traffic as well as the wear and tear. Fewer cars on the road also mean less carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere.

The Wabash station is located on 10th and Ash St. and Columbia Transit buses operate along the routes from 6:25 a.m. through 6:25 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 6:25 a.m. through 10:25 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 10:00 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Columbia’s public transportation is an affordable option for all, costing one dollar for adults and just 50 cents for children, students, seniors, and the disabled.

[1] VOX Magazine. A Brief History: The Wabash Station

[2] About Columbia Transit and Para-transit.

[3] Historic Wabash Station

[4] The Columbia Daily Tribune. The Wabash Station Jubilation

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