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Improvements to bus stops

Solar powered digital information panels at bus and trolley stops to tell when the bus or trolley will arrive. Better weather protection.

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Waiting for the bus or trolley is uncomfortable in Miami in the summer heat, and more so when it is raining.  If there is any covering, it is scant and offers little or no protection. There is an app that gives schedules for the busses and trolleys but it would be more convenient to have a digital, solar powered panel that would give the information.  If the wait was long, people might choose another travel option.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

This would add convenience to people in the neighborhood who rely on public transportation. They would also know whether the bus or the trolley would arrive first, which would let them know if they ought to wait at another bus stop to be picked up. Some people don't mind having their cell phone in their hand but others prefer to keep it in their pocket or purse out of sight when they aren't using it. Better weather protection is sorely needed. More effective cover to protect from the summer sun and rain showers would add to passenger comfort and perhaps keep them from getting soaked (and getting ill). The roof could also contain the solar panels which would power the information panels, as well as lighting or ventilation fans.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

This is an individual brainstorm idea. I have no models or renderings. I leave that to professionals.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $25,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

There are a number of grant organizations in the city who could be approached for funding if the municipal government did not have funds available for this project. The shelters should have a zero carbon footprint since they are solar powered. They could have space for advertising, as do current bus stops, which would generate revenue.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Success would be measured in the increased convenience and comfort for the users, and would encourage more people to use public transportation when they saw the benefit of these improved bus stop shelters. Some people have complained about the scant or nonexistent protection from sun and weather of the existing bus stops which makes them choose other, less "green" methods of travel such as using their personal cars which increases the carbon footprint. Encouraging the use of public transportation relieves traffic congestion as well.


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Thanks Lawrence - I guess the devil will be in the detail with this idea - they will need energy storage for the dark hours I guess, and to be getting that up to date info some kind of link to central information - but all doable I'm sure. Katie - Facilitator

Photo of Lawrence Steinmetz

Being an amateur I guess I assumed that any solar panel system would include battery storage. I haven't any actual plans drawn up; I leave that to the engineers and planning professionals. This is more of a suggestion from an individual, and the funding request amount was just an arbitrary figure since I have no idea of the actual cost of something like this. Others have posted similar suggestions with more thought and detail so I see that this idea is not unique.