For a city that prides itself on beauty, glamour and high tech, Los Angeles has bus stop shelters that aren’t all that much. Most shelters offer a bit of protection from the elements, some ad space and that’s about it. But that’s about to change.
Five things to know about LA’s new bus shelter designs
- Of the city’s 8,000 bus stops, 3,000 will be upgraded starting next year. Los Angeles currently offers shelter at 1,900 bus stops and benches at most of the others.
- StreetsLA is currently considering designs from two companies: JC Decaux and Tranzito.
- The JC Decaux design includes free Wi-Fi, an interactive digital kiosk, phone charging, a hand sanitizer station and an ancillary structure called a sunshade blade.
- The Tranzito design includes wireless phone charging, an information screen that can be read in different languages and ancillary structures for electric scooter parking and charging and package delivery lockers.
- StreetsLA will present its final choice to the Los Angeles City Council for a vote in December and will begin installing the winning design at bus stops in 2022.