Bus shelters around LA
From San Pedro to Pacoima, a unique tour of bus shelters around Los Angeles
Why Bus Shelters?
- National averages demonstrate that public transportation produces significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile than private vehicles, it is the single greatest way to reduce carbon footprint and one of the most immediate multimodal strategies that encompass physical and operation improvements. However public transportation is designed to do more than improve traffic flow and reduce emissions it also provides social and economic benefits
- Public Transportation plays a critical role in everyday life for Angelenos. Nearly 75% of public transit riders in Los Angeles rely on buses as their “go to” mode of transportation. LA Metro buses make roughly 1.3 million trips daily, connecting Angelenos to their jobs, schools, homes, food, family, friends, and cultural entertainment.
- Bus shelters are transit customer amenities serving Angelenos first in their every day trips. They are also an integral part of urban planning solutions that advance transportation equity metrics for all transportation, planning, and mobility objectives and improve access, safety, and sustainability and congestion to make for more livable communities and complete streets
- Through the City of Los Angeles Public-Private Partnership with Outfront/Decaux, we provide, build, and maintain over 1,870 bus shelters to date, serving more than 200,000 Metro transit riders a day, over 1 million a week.
- The bus shelters are geographically distributed throughout all 15 Council Districts and their respective local neighborhoods. (Zoom in on our map to learn more about every bus shelter installed before and after 2002.)
Los Angeles Bus Shelters Built Before and After 2002
Transit Infrastructure for Mobility
- LA’s current existing policy goals such as the Great Streets Initiative, Vision Zero, Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan, Mobility Plan 2035, The Purposeful Aging Initiative, Metro’s Complete Streets Policy, First/Last Mile Strategic Plan, as well as the approval of Measure M, all highlight the provision of useful amenities to make public transportation more comfortable while traveling and accessible for all.
- Through the City’s Coordinated Street Furniture program, we can continue to work towards achieving equity driven public transportation policy goals and other opportunities to coordinate with the City, multiple neighborhoods, and all stakeholders and achieve alignment of transportation needs through additional public-private partnership investment in local urban (transportation) infrastructure.
Beyond the bus stop
- Sensible and well-designed street furniture improves urban life and makes cities more human by creating pleasant and safe pathways and resting, shaded spaces for transit users.
- Each of our bus shelters provides transit riders with a solid roof and vertical panels for protection against weather conditions, extended shade, seating for comfort, light for visibility and safety at night, and comes fully equipped with a trash receptacle.
- Some of our newer “Smart Shelters” are equipped to serve transit users with USB charging ports, free Wi-Fi, real-time next bus arrival information, and push-to-talk buttons for the visually impaired and have been designed to be more sustainable in using less energy (LED lighting) or solar energy. Adding smart technology, sustainable practices and other public services are key to enhancing those first/last mile connections.
- Bus shelters serve as an equitable place-making element in every neighborhood, addressing inequities in underserved neighborhoods, and providing acceptable levels of mobility for all those who work, travel and live in Los Angeles
Left: Transit shelter equipped with overhead lighting, seating bench, roof shade structure, and trash receptacle. Right:One of our Smart transit shelters in South Central LA; this transit shelter includes free Wi-Fi, USB ports, real-time information bus arrival, push-to-talk, and a children’s tic-tac-toe game.
Who we are
- Everything we develop and implement has to be about people first, the method comes second. Outfront Decaux Street Furniture, Inc. is a joint venture between Outfront Media and JCDecaux North America. Outfront Decaux has been committed to developing and implementing unique urban services and amenities intended to enrich the urban transit experience and revitalize public spaces at no cost to the City.
- Through the marketing of advertising media panels on the side of our street furniture, we are able to finance the City’s P3 program as well as share a portion of the advertising revenue with the City on an annual basis.
- This program has, from the start, been community-centered and responsive to the needs of Angelenos, from the installation of public toilets at key Metro stations and in Skid Row, to the installation of transit shelters and art activations in under-served neighborhoods of Los Angele Community. And most recently, we have promoted the Toilet Attendant program as part of an innovative social enterprise led by the City, innovation is key.
- Today Outfront/Decaux manages street furniture agreements with over 17 cities located in the LA County area.
- The City’s innovative Public-Private Partnership (P3) with Outfront/Decaux, managed by the Bureau of Street Services (Los Angeles Coordinated Street Furniture agreement), has allowed for the provision, installation, and maintenance of over 2,000 pieces of street furniture amenities since 2002 at no cost to the City. This includes other street furniture amenities such as street kiosks, vending kiosks, and automatic public toilets in addition to bus shelters.
- Because we know each bus shelter location is unique to its site conditions, together with the Bureau of Street Services we have developed strong processes and a working relationship that goes beyond our contractual requirements.
- A primary part of our ongoing operations is the ongoing maintenance ranging from weekly cleaning of all street elements, ongoing repairs, management of posting and ongoing field inspections.
- Our Maintenance team is on the ground 7 days week and can be reached 24 hours a day. Additional maintenance service requests can be sent via our website, social media platforms or by dialing our 1-866-633-0068 number.
- Additionally, The program provides free outdoor media space for the City to communicate priority programs and to lead very successful PSA campaigns like Save The Drop LA, LA Original, and SwimLA.
Thank you for using public transportation!