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5 Key Considerations in Designing a Bus Shelter

Creating an urban environment is something that we as a society build upon every day. The basic structures that help make life easier in the city are all over.

The bus shelter is a big one. The public transit system makes so many people’s lives easier and removes a lot of car congestion from public streets.

Building a bus shelter is a powerful tool for keeping this system alive and well and what it takes to do that is not always obvious. Today we’ll look at the items you need to consider for a proper bus shelter.

  1. Build for Visibility

A bus shelter is the official gathering place for bus stops. They are where passengers get on and off a bus. They need to be visible and easy to locate at all times.

This often means they need a tall roof to stick out from anything else on the sidewalk near them. They should also have a lot of signage and clear markers.

  1. Comfort and Convenience

A signpost that shows where the bus will stop will keep a bus system running. You want to craft a place that makes the bus riding less of a chore or pain. You need comfort and convenience.

A bus shelter should have seats to allow people to sit down. The time between bus stops can be a while, so standing the entire time can be tiring. As well, elderly and disabled bus riders should have a place to wait in comfort.

Weather can also be a detriment to a bus rider. The shelter should have a roof to protect against the elements.

Extra signage with the bus schedule and a map of the other bus stops can also provide a convenient understanding for bus travelers, especially those new to the area.

  1. Overall Structure

A bus structure could be any number of things. The design can be as large or varied as you may like and the materials can be whatever stands up to wear and time. There are some basics that you should cover in your designs, though.

The structure of a bus shelter should have a roof for covering against the sun and weather. This is good for the structure and for the patrons.

Besides seating, a bus shelter should also have walls for signage display, like maps and markers to inform that this is the right bus stop. Regulations may be in place for the overall shape of the structure. Most do not have walls blocking the street.

The material can be anything durable, but glass blocks have become a potent and efficient material for easy construction.

  1. Lighting

While most buses do not run very late, they can often run past sunset. When darkness comes, the lose the regular shelter visibility. As well, it can be unnerving for some to wait alone for the bus in the dark.

Lights should be on every bus shelter. They need housing to protect them against weather, debris, and vandalism. They need to be bright enough or numerous enough to illuminate the shelter and several feet around it.

  1. Determining Size

The exact size of your bus shelter will depend on how busy of a bus stop it is. The size of the city and the importance of that particular bus stop may call for a smaller or larger shelter.

If your shelter is near a prominent line of businesses or a major neighborhood, there is a good chance it will be busy and need to be large to fit all the passengers.

If it is not, then you can have it smaller to save space. Careful about taking over too much space on the sidewalk in either case.

Crafting a Bus Shelter That Works

A bus shelter is a community-building piece. It provides a central point for a lot of people’s days, from their daily commute to work to their weekly errands. They should have effort put into them.

Bus shelters aren’t the only item that helps build a community. Information can do wonders and our website is overflowing with all sorts of guides and knowledge for your life. Check out our other articles today!

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