It is easy to lose sight of the importance of a place when we fail to see the lives it affects.
Not so long ago I took in the beauty of the South Metro Area Regional Transit (SMART) Central transit center on Boberg Road.
I was impressed.
I enjoyed the attention to detail – the intricate glasswork, the delicate ladybug.
I was captivated by the art – a metal invitation to dance, life growing up to the peak of a clock tower.
I was drawn by the value for beauty – at a bus station, no less.
This was not like the filthy and confusing big-town station of my youth. Thankfully. But it was still just a bus station, wasn’t it?
It was until I remembered my friend, Maria.
Like 90%of Wilsonville’s workforce, Maria commutes here from outside of town – drawn in by job opportunity, kept out by the high cost of living. Traveling from Hillsboro and with no car to make the trip, the SMART transit center is far more to her than a bus stop.
It is connection.
It is opportunity.
It is a job and paid bills and food on the table.
And I’m reminded that it is easy to lose sight of the importance of a place when we fail to see the lives it affects.
Wilsonville’s SMART Transit Center is beautiful, it is clean, it is artistic and thoughtful and well-planned – and it is hardly just a bus station.
Amidst the intricate clock tower, the clever covered bicycle storage and the clean and clear waiting areas, Wilsonville’s SMART Transit Center is freedom from the burden of fighting traffic, it is relief to traffic congestion, it is work and groceries and school.
It is my friend, Maria.
So to the hard-working folks of Wilsonville’s outstanding (and free) local SMART transit system – we say thanks. You are truly more than meets the eye.