Bus shelter designs up to you
The proposal to roll out a new design for Auckland bus shelters has received the thumbs up from public transport advocates.
Auckland Transport has installed three prototypes in Symonds St and is asking the public for feedback.
It’s hoped that standardising the 20 different kinds of bus shelters used across the city will create a more recognisable public transport network, attract more users and reduce maintenance costs. The installation of the new shelters will be gradual with priority given to those on main routes or in poor condition.
Transport Blog editor Matt Lowrie supports the initiative.
‘‘We’ve seen good design coming through in some of the new train stations like in Newmarket and Panmure. It’s great that’s been extended to the bus network as well.’’
Auckland also need to work on increasing the frequency of buses, he says.
‘‘It’s all about improving the experience that people have when they do use public transport. It’s not necessarily something that’s going to be a make or break for people but it is an important factor.’’
Transport Blog is running a survey on the shelters and so far option A is the clear favourite with its readers.
Campaign for Better Transport spokesman Cameron Pitches approves of the move.
‘‘It sounds like AT is being reasonably careful. They’re not replacing any of the new shelters from the last couple of years. They’re prioritising replacing the oldest ones first.’’
Providing cover from the rain is important but so is a punctual and frequent service, he says.
‘‘A lot of the time you don’t actually sit in the bus stops so they need to make sure the roof overhangs the bus shelter enough to protect people from the elements.
‘‘In the ideal world commuters wouldn’t need to be waiting at bus stops for longer than five minutes,’’ Pitches says.
‘‘They’d just be able to turn up and go. If the bus was running late there would be another one along in a few minutes.’’
Waitemata Local Board member Christopher Dempsey is looking forward to the improvement.
‘‘The current shelters only do one thing and that’s keep the ads dry,’’ he says.
‘‘In winter time the ceiling’s wet, the seats are wet, the walls are wet, the floors are wet, everything’s wet. They leak like a sieve.’’
This is because in the old Auckland City Council area the advertising company Adshel supplied the bus shelters and maintained them in exchange for being able to display their advertising on them, Dempsey says.
‘‘ I’m confident the new designs will address the well-known issue of wetness,’’ he says.
Along with public feedback Auckland Transport will also assess the prototypes on such things as value for money, durability and ease of construction.
Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan says the budget for new shelters is $6 million per year which covers renewals, upgrades and new bus infrastructure.
Hannan declined to comment on the cost of building the prototypes, saying it is ‘‘commercially sensitive’’.
The budget for cleaning and maintenance is $1.5m per year, which includes dealing with vandalism, he says.
New look: Auckland Transport is seeking feedback on three prototype bus shelters which have been put up on the Symonds St overbridge.