The Oneida Indian Nation Housing Department has provided a new, modern bus shelter for students that live in the Village of the White Pines. The shelter idea was suggested by a Nation Member and White Pines tenant to provide kids a safe space to wait for the bus, away from the elements. After researching several options, the Housing Department agreed it was a great idea and was given approval by the Nation Codes Officer to begin construction.

Director of the Housing Department Gary Laureti said the goal was to provide students with safety and convenience. “We installed lights for safety during the early morning and late evening bus transports,” he said. “We also added USB charging ports for the students’ cell phones and computers.”

The shelter was designed with a hip-roof (all sides slope downwards to the walls) and 6×6 posts supporting the front. Natural slate-type shingles and a vinyl cedar shake siding add curb appeal. The shelter is now ready to use.