Philadelphia transit shelters thrive through Intersection partnership

Free of cost to taxpayers, the first of 600 renovated Philadelphia transit shelters was recently unveiled to replace older structures, thanks to a collaboration between SEPTA and local architects commissioned through Intersection, an urban technology company.

Calling the project a “triple win,” Mayor Michael Nutter complimented the project’s economical, aesthetic and functional solution, thanking the Office of Transportation & Utilities for its efficiency in the bidding process as he joined officials from SEPTA and Intersection at a ribbon cutting for the first of the improved structures.

“These new bus shelters meet a need among Philadelphians who want more and better mass transit options, and it is fitting that we are celebrating them in a section of North Philadelphia that’s on the rise,” Council President Darrell Clarke said.“I am grateful to the multiple private and public sector partners who are investing in the future of our city.”

The new shelters benefit from filtered natural light illumination, weather-shielding glass roof overhangs and energy-efficient LED lighting. Additionally, they are ADA-compliant, with sidewalk accessibility. Denise Goren, director of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU), emphasized that placement was decided largely by riders themselves, having solicited public input.

“SEPTA is pleased to work … with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation,” Jeff Knueppel, SEPTA's general manager, said. “Offering enhanced customer amenities and dedicated space for SEPTA route map and service information, these shelters will raise the profile of transit and make it easier for long time customers and first time riders to make decisions on the best SEPTA route for their travel needs.”

Intersection combines technology, user experience and interactive engagement at the intersection of digital and physical worlds to improve urban life worldwide. Its technology and design team builds automated integrated solutions in digital and physical environments. As the nation’s largest municipally focused media firm, Intersection helps cities transform public assets into unique and profitable platforms.

“We remain committed to Philadelphia and to continuous enhancements that improve the transit experience, drive new revenue to fund civic services and showcase the city’s vibrant identity to residents and visitors from around the world,” Intersection President Scott Goldsmith said.

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