What is the Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program?
With the City’s existing street furniture contract expiring at the end of 2021, 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 furniture that supports 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 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. In July 2021, we showcased new bus shelter technology and sample designs from the top two potential contractors who are competing to operate the new program. At six locations over a two week period, day and night, the public got to see and feel the bus shelters and learn about the features STAP could offer. If you didn't get to see it in-person, you can still check out the bus shelter demonstration event.
How will this new program be established?
StreetsLA has initiated a competitive procurement process to identify a qualified and collaborative partner to operate the new program. A Request for Proposals (RFP) was approved by the Board of Public Works on November 24, 2020. Interested parties can find the RFP and submit proposals at LABAVN (search for ID #41186). Proposals will be evaluated in the first half of 2021, and an eventual award and final program details must be approved by the City Council. We aim to have this final approval in time to allow for a managed transition to the new program and to ensure that no service interruptions occur. You can also view the Request for Information (RFI) and watch the Virtual Networking Event, which preceded the RFP.
Program Update: STAP Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) have been posted on the Bureau of Engineering's Website. The documents will be circulated for a thirty (30) day public review period, beginning on October 14, 2021, and ending on November 12, 2021.
What is the existing street furniture contract?
StreetsLA has an existing long-term franchise agreement with OUTFRONT JC Decaux, LLC (OFMJCD), wherein the City grants OFMJCD the exclusive right to install and maintain street furniture in exchange for the right to use it to display paid advertising. Through this arrangement, the City is able to realize the benefit and use of that furniture as well as a share of the revenues generated by the advertising. This program is a successor to the City’s previous Transit Shelter Program, which was initiated in the early 1980s; it has been in effect in one form or another with other service providers for almost 40 years.
What is the term of the current contract?
The City’s contract with OFMJCD was initiated on December 21, 2001 and is set to expire on December 31, 2021.
How many pieces of furniture have been provided through this program?
Since its inception, the program installed, services, and operates:
● 1884 Transit Shelters with litter receptacles
● 197 Public Amenity Kiosks
● 6 Vending Kiosks
● 15 Automated Public Toilets
● Access to 13% of the media panels for City Public Service Programs at no cost to the City.
How often are these amenities serviced?
OFMJCD provides all maintenance for the program furniture including service visits to each piece of furniture (Transit Shelters, Public Amenity Kiosks, and Vending Kiosks) at least twice a week to clean it, remove litter, abate graffiti, and clean sidewalk areas. OFMJCD provides service visits to each of the program’s Automated Public Toilets a minimum of 3 times a day, 365 days a year to ensure they are well maintained and in good working order. In addition, OFMJCD operates a toll-free service request phone system and can respond to emergency requests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If you want to report a problem that needs service, please use the link in the “I want to” sidebar menu of this page.
What is the City’s cost for the existing contract?
The services furnished by OFMJCD are provided at no cost to the City. All program costs are paid for through revenues generated by the advertising component of the program.