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Bus shelters around Chicago have been the same for several decades. As everything around the city is changing the bus shelters also need to change. The concept for my bus shelter is umbrellas. Umbrellas provide shelter from both the rain and the sun. Not only do they provide shelter but they also change the city's view. I do not think that all bus shelters should be the same. There are many different neighborhoods around Chicago. Having each neighborhood design their own bus shelters would add to the diversity and uniqueness of the city of Chicago.
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floresv's work for the Collect Information step:
In Chicago all bus shelters are the designed the same way. The basic function of these bus shelters is to provide shelter for the millions of public transportation users. Most bus shelters are made with corrosion-free material. Public transportation has become more popular in recent years because of the increase in gas prices. Therefore the shelters provide a place for the many passengers to wait. These shelters provide a place to avoid the rain and a place to sit. However that bus shelters do not provide heat for the passengers. Winters in Chicago can get pretty brutal and waiting for a bus or train in the cold is not easy. According to the Chicago Tribune Kraft Foods provided heat to several bus shelters downtown as well as samples of their food. This heat was only temporary so passengers continue to suffer through the long winter. The average a person waits for a bus is about fifteen minutes. But the time may vary. During rush hours buses are more frequent. Still there are always more than three people still waiting at the same time in one bus shelter, which can be a problem considering there are only three seats. The CTA is always asking the government for more funding and they are always trying to find ways to make more money. Advertising on their buses is one of those ways that they make money. Recently, they have also started to have Solar Powered Backlight 3â€™9 x 5â€™10 panels to advertise on their bus shelters. The CTA charges one hundred dollars a month to advertise. If they raised the rates, they could use that money to at least heat the shelters, for their passengers.
Problems with the existing bus shelters
- The glass walls have gaps in them that allow wind to come in
- Many do not accommodate people in wheel chairs because they are located too close to the curb.
- Are often vandalized.
-Many are located far from the actual bus stop.
-Many argue they were only designed to "look nice" and with the passengers not in mind.
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floresv's work for the Brainstorm Ideas step:
-Corrosion free material
-Map of city
-Seating for at least four people
- Wheel chair accessible
-Bullet proof walls
Most walls should be transparent to provide safety to passengers. This prevents crime as well.
Colors should resemble the CTA company.
It also eliminates the chances of the shelter to be vandalized.
The shelter will be located exactly where the bus stop is, many passengers complain that some shelters are located far away from the actual stop causing them to miss it.
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floresv's work for the Develop Solutions step:
One of the many complaints from bus passengers are the weather conditions they suffer from every winter. My solution to this problem is adding heat lamps to provide some heat to the passengers awaiting the bus.
Going "green" is becoming very popular; in order to help the environment by bus shelter will include lights that are powered by solar panels located on the top of the bus shelter. Another feature of my bus shelter is an LCD screen that will be used to inform customers not only of when the next bus will arrive but also the latest news, weather and any possible traffic delays.
Bus passengers are always on the go. Many of them always rushing from one place to another. This shelter comes equipped with vending machines that will provide a snack for all the hungry passengers.
On every CTA bus in Chicago there is a sign that says the bus driver does not have any change. Bus rides are currently $2.25 a ride. Many passengers often find themselves with no change. For these situations a change machine is available to accommodate to the passengers.