Bus shelters are crucial to have while waiting for the bus.It helps our waiting become less tedious.Even though bus shelters serve a good cause,it can still be improved.The roof instead should stretch out from the actual shelter,so if there is people waiting outside the shelter,on a rainy day, they don't get wet.The actual shelter should have lights,so at night people using transportation can feel safe.Especially the bus stop near Curie since many kids have extra curricular activities making them leave later.I think the bench should be larger but leaving space for handicap people who use a wheelchair.Actual bus shelters can be very cold to be in during the winter especially in Chicago,so i think a better approach is to make the shelter made of insulated material. As well as making the opening of the shelter more closed instead of more open,to stop any direct wind to hit you when waiting.
The Chicago bus shelters are very simple structures that provide us with shelter but I extremely despise that there is no lighting.They are often really cramped.At Chicago the weather can be extreme in both the summer and especially the winter,these shelters don't provide any heat.It can be really hard for people when they are waiting 5-1+ hours at the bus stop.A bus stop at Pulaski and Archer,there is no shelter,only a stop.In that stop,when it is winter there is no light and seems unsafe,especially to us students when we use it.I found several examples outside the United States that can be helpful.In Korea they have smart,glass,enclosed bus shelters that include air conditioning,heaters,emergency button,lighting and a bus tracker.In Dubai it includes an enclosed glass and metal bus shelter with air conditioning .In a little town in Japan they have a simple sphere shelters that has a a lot of space for passengers.In the city of Japan they use solar panels on the shelters.I researched the bus shelters from big cities because some of the different countries ideas can fit in really well in the city of Chicago.The utilities inside the bus shelters of Japan and Korea will be my main focus considering they also have cold winters over there unlike the shelters in Dubai that come from a hot climate.I am inspired by the exterior of the Dubai and Japan shelters because they have a more simplistic idea.
I sketched out several ideas I had for a bus shelter near Curie high school. My shelters include lighting,air conditioning, a heating system which are crucial to make transportation easier. In some of my shelter they will include a tinted window, especially in my designs which have a whole transparent wall. In all my shelters they will include solar panels to fuel lightning. Inside will have seating but also have access for handicap people. It is important to include a clock inside to keep track of what time it is while waiting. In a school campus I think it is important some sort of emergency button, especially because some students get out late and sometimes it is dark. The majority of the bus stops near the campus have little light that can be dangerous to students waiting alone in the dark as well as any person using transportation.
My progress of building my bus shelter. During this process my design changed completely.
The other one didn't show the picture.
For my final design, my shelter is a oval shaped structure with a rectangular bottom. It has a glass wall in the front and a little on the sides so passengers can look out and in. The entrance has a sliding door with a handicap push button that can be easily accessible to wheelchair users and handicap people. I included two big empty spaces for wheelchair users to easily get in and out. The shelter has lighting inside to ensure safety in the night. The chairs have outlets in them so people can sit and charge their phone if needed. The most important thing is the panic and first aid kit that is hanging on the wall for emergencies. I colored the shelter different shades of red to pop out and have a reflection on the school colors, since the bus stop is a block away the school.
The front has a glass wall with metal to hold it up.
This includes a first aid kit and a panic button.