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Late entry. Maybe the bus has already left?
Posted Sep 26, 2009 2:09 AM by thebusstopshere

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The Bus Stops Here

Submitted by thebusstopshere on September 26, 2009

If you want a cheap bus shelter, there are many companies that will provide a pre-fab off-the-shelf unit, the kind that you see in most cities. For that matter, the most cost-effective solution to the prototype site would be to do nothing, or invite students to “have at it” with spray paint one Saturday morning. I suspect that this is not what UTA et al had in mind.

The roof is inspired by various “western” forms without literal pastiche (mountains, stage coaches, sweeping skys, etc). The form allows for rain and snow to be caught and harvested for irrigation, provides an image, sweeps up to catch the bus (keep dry in the rain & snow), and forms a surface for nighttime indirect lighting.

The design uses a module of 12’ bays. For this large stop, multiple bays are used with multiple functions: shelter, bike storage, portal. One by is left open for standing and accessible access (with floor markings).

The portals line up with the crosswalk with a mirror portal forming a "carstop: on the commuter lot side, thus organizing the circulation paths.

The bolsters add wind protection, divide the bays, are high enough off the floor to not be a security hazard, and are inspired by Utah landforms. Materials are core-ten steel or anodized aluminum. They also hold lighting for up and dowlighting effects and ticketing machines (for farecards – similar to most modern metros), as well as information boards pertaining to schedules & routes.

Is the shelter a wi-fi hotspot? Sure, but most likely the campus is already.

The roof materials: anodized aluminum panels on steel framming, white PVC roof & trough for top roof finish.

The rear glazing provides psychological protection, is semi-transparent with alternating bands of translucent and clear lining up with bolster horizontal lines. They also offer wind protection in the winter, while the gap at the top allows hot air to escape and breezes to flow in the summer.

The roof offers ample shade in summer, while allowing the winter sun to penetrate. The bottom of the trough/beam incorporates yellow quartz lights/heaters for the darkest and coldest winter days.

Energy Considerations:

Lights — LED throughout (long-lasting, most light per watts with current technology, offer color effects).
No other power used, other than quartz lights for select winter days.
No provision for solar panels or photovoltaics due to relatively small roof area, and relatively small use of power. These can be remotely clustered, however.

So, the bus stops here. Get on the bus, not under it.

A better bus shelter.


Sponsored by the Utah Transit Authority, Federal Transit Authority and The University of Utah