HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Catching a bus on the route along old Highway 42 in Hattiesburg just became a little safer. The city of Hattiesburg teamed up with MS Power to construct a new bus stop shelter just in front of the MS Power building. A MS Power employee pitched the idea after he saw several waiting passengers waiting this past summer.
"There were two or three of them out there, they were sweating they were hot and we stopped and gave him some water," Mississippi Power Employee Matt Beavers said. "They really appreciated it so it kind of kicked off the idea that we're all about safety and target zero and we need to keep that in mind for everyone else too."
"This is the sixth bus shelter that we've opened in the city of Hattiesburg; the first five were actually paid for by federal transportation grant that we received," Mayor Johnny DuPree said. "This one was a partnership between Mississippi Power Company and the city of Hattiesburg. MS power paid $7500 toward the shelter, and we had the shelter already which was purchased by FTA and city forces actually constructed the shelter."