Where to Preview L.A.'s New Bus Shelters

Angelenos can try out the new designs at six locations this summer, with the full program set to launch in 2022.

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July 29, 2021, 9:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


People boarding bus at LA Metro Bus Stop, Alvarado Street, Los Angeles

Currently, many Los Angeles-area bus stops lack shade, seating, or shelter. | Downtowngal / LA Metro Bus Stop, Alvarado Street, Los Angeles

Next year, "the City of Los Angeles is poised to launch street furniture program which could finally bring shade, seating, and other amenities to the thousands of barren bus stops across the region," writes Steven Sharp, many of which have no amenities and are located on narrow sidewalks with no shade or facilities.

"StreetsLA - the city entity tasked with administering the program - is previewing some of the potential options for new curbside furniture through the end of July" at six locations around the city.

The city's bus stop contractor, Outfront JCDecaux, has also designed a shade structure meant for stops with limited space. "Due to its compact footprint, the company suggests that it may be a more cost-effective method of creating shade near transit stops, which are often located on cramped sidewalks that cannot accommodate a full-size shelter," though transit advocates have lamented the minimal shelter this design provides.

"To date, the street furniture program has installed nearly 1,900 shelters at transit stops citywide, with Outfront JCDecaux footing the cost in exchange for advertising rights on all structures it installs."

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