Communities: To date -- Victoria, Kelowna, Pemberton, Cowichan Valley
Timeline: March 2011 - ongoing
New transit shelters designed in B.C. are popping up in communities across the province. They're streamlined, attractive, protect riders waiting for the bus and show a modern "front door" at bus users' first point of contact with their transit system. BC Transit is sharing with municipalities the cost of the new shelters.
Made from mesh and expanded metal panels, they offer good visibility and resist graffiti better than glass or plastic. Roof panels and wooden bench seats made from B.C. Douglas fir give them a distinctive B.C. flavour, and there's bright LED strip lighting. A solar power option is coming.
Ten different designs from Lucid Management Group in Vancouver and Tara Precision in Victoria provide local transit systems a range of sizes to suit bus routes from quiet rural areas to busy downtown stops and transit exchanges where several routes connect. Some of the designs are modular, easily linked to create larger shelters.
Thirty new shelters have been erected in the Victoria Regional Transit System as a pilot project, and others can be found in cities such as Kelowna, Pemberton and the Cowichan Valley.