I don’t know if many readers follow the comments section of WestSideAction. There is often good material and alternate views in there.
After the story on improved bus stops, a reader wrote with info that I thought others might find interesting…
|There are lots of different and interesting different OCTranspo shelters. The black one you chose to photograph at Slater and Metcalfe is interesting, as it is unique in the system and no other shelter is quite like it, with curved glass end panels. Other shelters with curved roofs all have a metal panel to allow identical rectangular glass to be used in all shelters.
All shelters in the OC Transpo system, save for some very old ones, use the same size of glass panels to simplify maintenance. All shelters are therefore fixed to being one or two panels of glass deep.
The shelters you picture at Tunney’s are unique to train stations, as the design matches. Blair, Hurdman and Tunney’s will all have some. They are also built with provisions for heat, though I believe only the night stop will be equipped initially.
The Trillium line shelters that were upgraded in 2013 all feature sealed bottoms, though the tops are vented as they don’t have doors or heat. One shelter was removed from each platform at Carleton U this past year, as part of the faregate project (they were replaced, just with four smaller shelters). I was pleased to see the reused shelter pop up on Data Centre road at Heron Station, with the sealed bottom intact.
Baseline has shelters similar to the ones installed along the Trillium line, but two glass panels deep. Doors, sealed bottoms and heat were retrofitted onto all of the shelters there last year. It doesn’t look as finished as the ones at Tunney’s, and the top is still vented, but it does the job.
You’re probably seen a few of the current shelters OC is installing at regular bus stops; silver, normal sized, and with a curved, transparent roof. The transparent roof is nice as light from streetlights can enter the shelter, but sun does as well on a hot summer day. Ventilation in these shelters is still important because of this.
The real-time arrival screens are very nice. As you notice, the screens at concourse level show all routes serving the station. At each individual stop though, the screens show only the routes serving that stop. The concourse level screen st Greenboro is absolutely gigantic, 72 inches or so. Overall, it seems the screen project was very well executed by OC.