Generally speaking, bus stops aren’t known for being places that people look forward to visiting.
Instead, these small, spartan shelters serve as waypoints on the path to bigger and better destinations. In many cities, however, commuters spend a significant portion of their work weeks waiting for rides at bus stations.
That’s why transit officials in the Jurong Lake District of Singapore decided to create a bus stop loaded with amenities to provide commuters with an extra measure of comfort and convenience while they wait.
After coming up with the idea for a bus stop that could “make waiting fun,” Singapore officials recruited local design firm DP Architects to bring their vision to life.
At first glance, the prototype bus stop doesn’t look too different from the extended platforms you might see on a bus rapid transit route or an elevated subway station. Take a closer look, however, and you’ll find that this bus stop is anything but average.
On top of the bus station sits a vibrant rooftop garden and an array of solar panels for power.
Beneath the canopy, commuters can access free Wi-Fi service and charging stations for phones and other mobile devices.
- There’s a bookshelf with free reading material that bus riders can take with them on their trip, and a digital panel where they can download ebooks by scanning QR codes.
- There’s also an interactive journey-planning and bus-tracking board where commuters can find new routes around the city.
- There’s even a swing for the bus system’s younger patrons to enjoy while they wait.
The designers at DP Architects hope that their creation will help community members to see how a bus stop can be “an extension of their social environments,” and “inspire the community to take greater ownership in shaping their own environments.”
The bus stop has been operational for six months now, and Singapore officials plan to revisit the design in the fall to see if its amenities could be adapted to other waiting areas in the city as well.
To see the innovative bus stop for yourself, you can check out the photos here from CityLab.