Bus stop shelters greatly improve the public transportation experience by providing riders with a safe waiting area, protection during inclement weather and service information. Pace's multifaceted shelter program can meet the needs of all northeastern Illinois communities.
Bus stop shelters are generally located in roadway rights-of-way unless private property owners have consented to the shelter being placed on their property. In situations in which a sidewalk connection to the shelter location is needed, Pace can partner with the municipality or property owner to complete that construction work.
Pace's shelter program includes other amenities that improve the experience for waiting passengers. Shelters may include:
- Map and schedule of the bus route inside the shelter
- Bus stops sign that includes bus route number, a text code to receive real-time information on a mobile device, and Pace's customer relations phone number
- Solar-powered lamp that can be illuminated at night by a passenger to enhance security and more effectively alert the driver that a passenger is waiting at the stop
- Electronic bus tracker sign, which provides continuously updated real-time bus arrival information for that stop
There are more than 450 advertising shelters, implemented jointly by Pace and Intersection Media, in suburban communities throughout Pace's service area. The revenue stream generated from advertisers offsets the cost of regular maintenance and cleaning. Electric lighting in the shelter offers enhanced passenger security.