WORD ON THE STREET: LA’s Great Streets Are Getting New Bus Stops With WiFi and Phone Chargers

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The Great Streets program was announced back in 2013 as a way to invest in neighborhoods by creating safer and more accessible streets for everyone who uses them (drivers, pedestrians, and other non-cars). There’s one Great Street for every city council district. “A big part of reinvigorating our Great Streets is making them more user-friendly, so the goal of this project is simple but meaningful: upgrade our bus shelters and benches with charging and WiFi to make waiting for the bus an opportunity, not a chore,” Mayor Garcetti said. (DTLA got a similarly fancy bus shelter in June, as part of a separate project.)

The benches were designed by Soofa, a company founded at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology in 2014 to “update the urban context for the mobile generation.” According to Soofa’s website, LA is one of the early adopters of this smart bench technology. (Soofa benches have been installed in Boston, Miami, and Berlin, too.)

Outdoor advertisers, Outfront/JCDecaux, will be in charge of designing the bus shelters. —Jeff Wattenhofer


Now at Central/43rd: 4 mobile charging spots, realtime bus info and wifi! #lagreatstreetpic.twitter.com/IlNknydWu0

— Great Streets (@LAGreatStreets) September 28, 2015

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