What is the Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program?
With the City’s Coordinated Street Furniture Program contract expiring at the end of 2022, the City is developing a successor program for sidewalk and transit amenities and envisions a world-class, self-sustaining program that provides shelter, shade, safety, and comfort with amenities that support an increased use of transit and alternative transportation, local economic activity and the shared use of City sidewalks.
The Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program (STAP) will replace and expand upon the existing program and is expected to follow the traditional business model in which furniture and operational costs are supported by advertising. StreetsLA has initiated a competitive procurement process to identify a qualified and collaborative partner who shares the values of service excellence, sustainability, innovation and accountability
What make STAP different from the current street furniture program?
Within the last several years, StreetsLA has been working to obtain and compile various datasets that will be used to inform the distribution of the new inventory. With the goal of ensuring that 75% of bus riders in each district will be able to board buses where there is a shelter, installation of new shelters will be prioritized based on consideration of the following factors:
● High Transit Ridership
● Exposure to Heat
● Metro’s Equity Focus Communities (minority populations, low-income households, and zero- vehicle households)
● Proximity to Trip Generator, Key Destinations, and Service Facilities
● “Low Frequency” Bus Route that indicate long wait times.
● Together with Metro, STAP has developed Specific Site Condition Criteria to guide and determine which bus stops have enough space for new shelters
STAP also worked closely with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and conducted interviews and surveys to ensure new program elements are equitably distributed according to need.
Another program highlight is the expansion of current program amenities such as hydration stations and hand sanitizing dispensers, and the introduction of a suite of new amenities not offered through the current program, such as digital capable “Smart” amenities providing real-time transit information, WIFI, Smart Phone charging stations, emergency call features, and cooling device options plus new elements such as scooter or bicycle docks and e-lockers.
How can the public help develop the program?
Public input has been and continues to be critical in shaping the Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program. Since November 2020, over 55 community outreach efforts were made. StreetsLA held a series of Public Information Sessions, had discussions, and made presentations to various organizations, including but not limited to community focus groups, Neighborhood Councils and Coalitions, Chambers of Commerce, Business Improvement Districts, and Transit Advocacy Groups with over 500 attendees.