Bus Stop Design

TRANSIT noted an article, New look for bus stops in today’s Star Metro regarding bus stop designs in Petaling Jaya.

New look for bus stops
Thursday October 1, 2009
Story and photos by YIP YOKE TENG

PETALING Jaya has taken on a more refreshing look recently with more old bus shelters being replaced by stylish ones made of tempered glass.

An older, inaccessible bus shelter with plastic roofing - picture courtesy of Star Metro
An older, inaccessible bus shelter with plastic roofing - picture courtesy of Star Metro

Parisign Corporation Sdn Bhd has built 106 bus shelters in the city since September last year.

The company will eventually replace all the more than 400 bus shelters in the city and add another 100 in the new townships. The move is targeted to be completed by December next year, or mid-2011 at the latest.

Protection: The new bus shelters’ black polycarbonate roofing and glass panels in spiral green can protect commuters from UV rays. Picture courtesy of Star Metro
Protection: The new bus shelters’ black polycarbonate roofing and glass panels in spiral green can protect commuters from UV rays. Picture courtesy of Star Metro

After that, the company will build another 200 taxi shelters with a similar design.

The new shelters are not only more aesthetically appealing but also bring some relief to the problem of illegal bills and posters.

According to Parisign general manager Henry Tan, the glass panels allow for bills and posters to be removed and cleaned easily. Previously, the panels were made of plastic and markings would be left behind even after the posters were removed.

“The company does not receive any funding from the council for the construction of the new bus shelters. We bear the full costs and, in turn, we get advertising rights for 15 years,” said Tan at the company’s factory in Kampung Chempaka, Petaling Jaya.

“We are required to clean the bus shelters twice a month and we have also bought insurance for the facilities,” he said.

Parisign was founded in 1976 as a signage supplier that later specialised in outdoor media. The contract to build bus shelters for Petaling Jaya in exchange for advertising rights was granted to them in 1996 but the implementation was delayed due to technical issues.

“To us, commuters are the real clients because they are the ones who look at the advertisements. As such, their comfort and safety is our priority,” Tan said.

The bus shelters are built with black polycarbonate roofing that can protect commuters from UV rays while the glass panels in spiral green have also been coated with UV films.

They are designed using a modular system that makes it easy for expansion if the number of commuters using the bus stop increases over time.

Safety concern: The bus shelters are designed modularly to make it easier to expand. Picture courtesy of Star Metro
Safety concern: The bus shelters are designed modularly to make it easier to expand. Picture courtesy of Star Metro

Many of the bus stops, depending on the location and necessity, are built with front panels to shield commuters from rain or splashes of water from puddles on the road when cars drive past.

Beverage vending machines are also placed at many of the bus stops for those wanting to quench their thirst.

Tan said the design was fully developed by Parisign and the company was always trying out new ideas to improve the facility.

Two bus stops, one located near KWSP building on the Federal Highway and the other in PJ8, are fitted with fans.

“Our teams, including management personnel, make regular visits to the sites to get feedback from the users,” he added.

Parisign has also built 139 similar bus shelters in Kuala Lumpur under an advertising agreement with the City Hall.

TRANSIT Says:

The images and article reminded us that we have many pictures and ideas and resources and comments about design that we want to share with you – and just have not had the time to present.

TRANSIT has created a Design page on our website that will focus on various aspects of Design, including universal design, architecture & aesthetics, materials, energy use, public art and street furniture, signage and information and many other interesting topics.

This article will be the first among many topics featured on our Design page.

As always, we look forward to your feedback, comments and submissions.

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3 thoughts on “Bus Stop Design”

  1. I also noticed this design for new taxi stands (but they are pretty useless in KL downtown, since no taxi is waiting or stopping there), for example in Jalan Nagasari near the new Regency building.

    1. Florian

      Good observation. The design is similar but the advertiser is different. The key feature of the Parasign design (used in PJ) are the little green signs on the side of the bus stop that show the location of the bus stop.

      We will try to post a better picture that shows that little green sign more clearly.

      moaz for transit

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