Sharon Santos's Bus Shelter Redesign

Design a Bus Shelter


Write a description of the problem and the need for additional Bus Shelters at Curie.

At the moment, there are a few bus stops near Curie and only one has a bus shelter. One of the first issues that arise is the lack of weather protection. It's no surprise that Chicago can have pretty terrible weather, especially from fall to summer. This time frame just so happens to be the time where school begins. Considering that the bus stops are most used by students who attend Curie High, providing students a dry place, away from harsh weather conditions, where they can rest and wait for their buses is very important! Curie is also located in a very high-traffic area, so giving students and residents a safe space is also very important!

Remember, Curie is a high school with over 3,000 students, most of which rely on using the public transportation located near then (Pulaski Station). Curie is also known for it's abundance in programs and afterschool extracurricular activities, which can last as late as 8pm. The school has classes from as early as 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. Building bus shelters will ensure that students who are arriving in the early morning or leaving late in the night are both safe and dry.

Finally, the single bus shelter that is available has its own set of problems. From the open design allowing cold and hot air, rain and snow to inconvenience awaiting patrons, the cramped size of the shelter itself and a lack of adequate seating for students and residents to rest, the current shelter should be demolished, redesigned and rebuilt.

Collect Info

There are a lot of cool features bus shelters can have. From air-filtration to solar-powered heating/lighting, my goal is to make this shelter as comfortable and eco-friendly as possible.

Brainstorm Ideas

Brainstorming was a bit difficult. Most of my classmates were going to do the same boring box design for their bus shelters, so I had to think a little outside the box. I started off by sketching out a basic design, starting off with the basic box I mentioned earlier. This was mainly to map where I wanted to have my features, such as the solar panel, heater, etc. Then I tried sketching different shapes, starting with a crescent shape first. I actually liked that shape so much I decided I wanted to use it for my final design.

Develop Solutions

I've added descriptions on the pictures to explain my progress.

Final Design

The panels below are screenshots of different views of my final design with a scene to compliment it. The shelter itself includes lighting and heating powered by solar panels which sit on the roof. While not visible, the solar panels themselves have heating strips to prevent snow or ice build-up. There are two buttons on the right pole of the shelter that allow patrons to turn on the heater and lighting when needed. There is also a screen in the front which tells the ETA of incoming buses, so patrons don't have to look at their phone or guess. The design of the shelter itself is mainly for looks, however the shape also provides seating which has thick dividers to deter sleepers. The windows on the side are meant to create a more open feeling in the shelter while also providing some wind/weather protection for people who decide to take a seat. The poles and dividers are decorated blue and red to be in theme with the colors of Curie HS.