January 17, 2011
The classifieds in this issue include 1 notice, 12 bids & proposals, and 7 job opportunities!
Los Angeles Architects’ Group Honors Big Blue Bus Shelter Construction Plan
Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica, CA, recently received the “Next LA” Citation Award presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for its shelter and bus stop redevelopment program. The award honors excellence in design by Los Angeles architects for projects not yet built.
“This is a very meaningful award, especially because one of the goals for this project was to create something totally unique,” said Dan Dawson, customer relations manager for the Big Blue Bus. “These new stops will make riding public transit a better experience by offering passengers a whole new level of enhanced information and comfort.”
Representatives of the Big Blue Bus and the city of Santa Monica worked with Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects to create a stylish design that would also incorporate real-time information, solar lighting, updated maps, and other desired amenities for riders. The final design, called “The Blue Spots,” will use modular structures flexible enough to adapt to various sizes of location and rider volumes.
All 360 bus stops throughout Santa Monica, and various other stops located around Los Angeles served by the Big Blue Bus, will be updated. New features at each stop will include:
* A system map;
* A local map showing places to visit within walking or biking distance;
* A timetable and route map of lines stopping at that location;
* Estimated travel times to key points along the route; and
* An ID number that allows for real time bus arrivals via cell phone.
* A shelter canopy.
Additional amenities at medium and high-volume stops will include real-bus arrival information signs; seating; trash and recycling containers; and solar-powered LED lighting that illuminates the structure and waiting area.