San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency, the city’s bus and light rail operator, has unveiled new fancy bus shelters (H/T to Mike Fisher):
The panel powers the NextMuni display that tells people when their bus is coming, a Push-To-Talk system so blind people can hear the NextMuni information, and environmentally friendly light bulbs. Each new shelter will also include comfier seats and more maps and transit information. The city is also testing whether the new shelters can have WiFi connectivity after Newsom’s free citywide WiFi idea famously flopped.
Those sound awesome. Here’s a flickr set of the new structures, photos via the Richmond SF Blog. So where is San Francisco getting the money in the midst of the worst economy in generations? It’s something I’ve been talking about for a long time:
Clear Channel Outdoor is paying to create and maintain the shelters in exchange for the advertising space on the sides.
Metro needs to get on the advertising train, they’re leaving millions of dollars unclaimed.