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ACTIVATING BUS STOPS 
Reverie! 
Affection! 
Laughter!
ACTIVATING BUS STOPS 
Smile! 
Play! Kiss!
What are we talking about doing? 
Bus Stops. 
Public Spaces.
What is the goal of this project? 
First, alleviate one or more problems that 
affect specific bus stops, e.g. graffiti, l...
PRECEDENTS
Local Precedents 
Highmark’s Community Blue 
healthcare kept commuters 
warm this winter with 
heated bus shelters.
Yahoo Bus Derby | San Francisco 
Yahoo! pit commuting 
neighborhoods against one 
another in interactive game 
play. The w...
Omaha Gives! & MidCentury Chic | Omaha 
Omaha By Design converted 
a University bus shelter into 
a comfortable living roo...
Victoria Bug Zoo & Bug Eyes | Victoria, BC 
The interactive display 
at this shelter let 
commuters stop, look, and 
see t...
Pepsi Max & AR Freak Out | London 
By adding a hologram 
to the bus shelter, the 
ridership was treated to 
a commute full...
Samsung & Surfing | Amsterdam 
Commuters were given the 
opportunity to 
“ride the 
waves.”
MacBook Air & Swing | London 
Waiting for the bus is much 
more palatable, when 
you’re swinging!
Osmosis of the Boulevard Diderot | Paris 
This Parisian bus 
activation goes beyond 
the station and uses 
Placemaking to ...
Pittsburgh can take 
Thinking Beyond the Stop 
even further 
Pittsburgh can raise 
the bar when it 
comes to transit 
Plac...
PROPOSED PROCESS
Doable & Worthwhile 
Select 2 bus stops to be activated. 
Identify potential partners. 
Host a Placemaking workshop at eac...
How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations---Engaging Bus Stops
How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations---Engaging Bus Stops
How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations---Engaging Bus Stops
How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations---Engaging Bus Stops
How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations---Engaging Bus Stops
How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations---Engaging Bus Stops
How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations---Engaging Bus Stops
How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations---Engaging Bus Stops
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How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations---Engaging Bus Stops

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Title: How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations
Track: Prosper, Place
Format: 60 minute panel
Abstract: A transit station or stop can serve much more than a transportation function; it can be a focal setting for community interaction and a place that fosters a diversity of activities. Learn about opportunities for Placemaking at transit stops that creates a win-win-win for ridership, economic development, and local communities.
Presenters:
Presenter: Cynthia Nikitin Project for Public Spaces, Inc.
Co-Presenter: Jennifer Flynn Center for Urban Transportation Research, USF
Co-Presenter: David Nelson Project for Public Spaces, Inc.

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How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations---Engaging Bus Stops

  1. 1. ACTIVATING BUS STOPS Reverie! Affection! Laughter!
  2. 2. ACTIVATING BUS STOPS Smile! Play! Kiss!
  3. 3. What are we talking about doing? Bus Stops. Public Spaces.
  4. 4. What is the goal of this project? First, alleviate one or more problems that affect specific bus stops, e.g. graffiti, litter, crime, rider complaints, environmental exposure, or low ridership. Second, bolster the image of two partners, the city, the Port Authority, and the transit system within the region and the PWPB audience. Third, stimulate sociability, engagement, and excitement in the surrounding neighborhood.
  5. 5. PRECEDENTS
  6. 6. Local Precedents Highmark’s Community Blue healthcare kept commuters warm this winter with heated bus shelters.
  7. 7. Yahoo Bus Derby | San Francisco Yahoo! pit commuting neighborhoods against one another in interactive game play. The winner got the glory and a chance to host their own block party with rock band, OK Go!
  8. 8. Omaha Gives! & MidCentury Chic | Omaha Omaha By Design converted a University bus shelter into a comfortable living room you wanted to stay in.
  9. 9. Victoria Bug Zoo & Bug Eyes | Victoria, BC The interactive display at this shelter let commuters stop, look, and see the world from a new angle.
  10. 10. Pepsi Max & AR Freak Out | London By adding a hologram to the bus shelter, the ridership was treated to a commute full of adventure.
  11. 11. Samsung & Surfing | Amsterdam Commuters were given the opportunity to “ride the waves.”
  12. 12. MacBook Air & Swing | London Waiting for the bus is much more palatable, when you’re swinging!
  13. 13. Osmosis of the Boulevard Diderot | Paris This Parisian bus activation goes beyond the station and uses Placemaking to make the station a destination in its own right.
  14. 14. Pittsburgh can take Thinking Beyond the Stop even further Pittsburgh can raise the bar when it comes to transit Placemaking by making it a strategy for improving neighborhoods and accomplishing transit agency goals.
  15. 15. PROPOSED PROCESS
  16. 16. Doable & Worthwhile Select 2 bus stops to be activated. Identify potential partners. Host a Placemaking workshop at each stop. Develop & approve activation plans. Activation in place from Sept 8-11 (at least). Evaluate the activations with conference participants in a mobile session. Produce a brief summary report.

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