In 2013, a group of young people painted a mural for one of Metro’s bus shelters in Rainier Beach to help improve transit facilities in their neighborhood with a touch of community pride.
It was on display along Route 107 at Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street until the stop was closed a few years later and the mural was moved to another location. Recently, Metro heard from members of the community who were wondering, “where did our beautiful mural go?”
Today, we’re happy to report it’s back in the community where it was created.
Metro’s Power and Facilities staff tracked the mural to a bus stop in Burien where it had been relocated. A crew took it down, dabbed on a little extra weather protection, and re-installed it Friday at a bus shelter in front of the Ethiopian Community Center at 8323 Rainier Avenue South.
The mural was painted by the Transit Justice Youth Corps, with support from the Rainier Beach Action Coalition and Puget Sound Sage. Metro staff worked with state Sen. Rebecca Saldana, the former director of Puget Sound Sage, to find a new location for the mural.
We’re glad it’s back for everyone who lives, works and rides the bus in Rainier Beach.
Read more about King County Metro’s Bus Shelter Mural program.