Los Angeles to Upgrade 3,000 Bus Shelters to High-Tech ‘Mobility Hubs’

Ahead of the 2026 World Cup and the 2028 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles is upgrading 3,000 bus shelters to high-tech ‘mobility hubs’.

Planned upgrades include equipping the shelters with interactive technologies, such as digital displays with real-time bus arrival and departure information, emergency phones, advertising and ‘intuitive lighting technology’.

In addition, the smart shelters will feature earthquake early warning systems and will be able to deliver city messages and emergency broadcasts.

The majority of these technologies will be solar powered.

Los Angeles Bus Shelters
The design includes contemporary, integrated lighting and a tall illuminated beacon

Smart mobility and curbside management operator, Tranzito and transit advertising specialist, Vector Media will carry out this large-scale overhaul with a selection of contractors, including:

  • Black & Veatch to manage the engineering and construction
  • Fehr & Peers to focus on mobility
  • Studio One Eleven to provide permitting
  • SOM to complete design work
  • Designworks BMW to provide the interactive design
  • AP Construction to deliver site work
  • Tolar for manufacturing
  • VConn to provide digital displays
  • GDS to install ePaper screens

The project is part of Los Angeles’ Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program (STAP). It will prioritise shelter, shade, safety and comfort for the city’s transit riders by reimagining curbside functionality.

Los Angeles Bus Shelters
The accessible design is created for all Angelenos, while allowing maximum air circulation and cleanliness

The work will also focus on improving universal access to transit through easier first and last-mile connections. The upgraded shelters will consequently include micromobility docks and delivery package lockers to mitigate some of the city’s equity issues.

The new structures will also be built on an open architecture to enable them to evolve and incorporate new features as additional technology emerges.

Gene Oh, Tranzito’s CEO said:

“We believe it’s time to evolve the bus stop. As smart mobility experts, our aim is to help cities transform today’s bus stops into tomorrow’s mobility hubs, creating a network of interconnected infrastructure nodes that offer both passive and active communication on the streets – and to provide amenities and comforts that everyday bus riders need.”

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