From the website:
Next Stop Design is an experiment in “crowdsourcing” the best ideas and designs to build a better bus stop. We hope that better stops will encourage more people to ride public transportation, which benefits us all (and the planet) in may ways.
From the about page:
About This Website
This website is part of a research project called “Crowdsourcing Public Participation in Transit Planning.” Traditionally, government agencies ask for public input on planning projects by holding open meetings and workshops. The purpose of this project is to get this public input in a different way: online.
This project is a collaboration between the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning and Department of Communication at the University of Utah and the Utah Transit Authority. The project is supported by U.S. Federal Transit Administration grant 2008-DOT-FTA-PTPP: Innovative Small Research Projects to Advance Public Participation Related to Public Transportation Planning.
The project is available on Twitter.
The software tool for idea submission, rating and commenting etc. is expected to be made available as open source.