Clark Campbell Multimodal Transportation Center

Winston-Salem's Clark Campbell Multimodal Transportation Center is located at the corner of Fifth, Trade, and Liberty streets. While its exterior compliments the Millennium Center building nearby, the Transportation Center's contemporary design features attractive and inviting open space for pedestrians and bus passengers.  Sixteen covered bus parking bays adjacent to a glassed interior waiting area provide passengers the comfort of waiting indoors or outdoors and the convenience of boarding buses in a sheltered space.

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The Building

The building incorporates these features:

  • 2,300 sq.ft. Lobby with seating, vending area, and restrooms.
  • 31,000 sq.ft. Canopy over bus loading, exterior waiting areas, and pedestrian walkways.
  • Unobstructed views of the entire bus loading area.
  • ADA accessibility.
  • LED message update signs.
  • Convenient location to downtown Winston-Salem.

The Artist

The life work of New Orleans native Willie Birch has its foundation in summers spent at his grandfather's farm where he learned his family's rich history and came to take pride in the significance of his ancestor's accomplishments. He went on to combine his childhood goal of becoming an artist with his desire to document the history of Americans of African descent. Mr. Birch was selected for the Transportation Center project from a group of nationally and internationally known artists. To prepare for the creation of the artwork,  Mr. Birch spent time in our community becoming familiar with its culture and traditions. He rode the buses, interviewed operators who had driven for the Safe Bus Company and the Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA) for many years, and talked with passengers, listening to the stories they had to share. As Mr. Birch learned of the history of Winston-Salem's public transportation system, he developed the idea of creating a memory bank designed to remind current and future generations of the transportation history we share.

The Floor

Mr. Birch created a colorful map of the community where WSTA buses travel. The map, done in long-lasting terrazzo tile, has vibrant colors to highlight the different communities of the city. Because he was so struck by our unique North Carolina red clay, Mr. Birch chose to use it as a primary color in his art.

The Glass

In a second design, Mr. Birch used carved glass panels depicting the history of public transportation beginning in 1890.  Mr. Birch has captured a source of great pride in our  city by documenting the early railway system, the electric trolley cars, Safe Bus Company with its distinction as the largest transit system owned and operated by African Americans, and the eventual development of the Winston-Salem Transit Authority.

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