Mayor Hidalgo inaugurates the city’s first ‘intelligent’ bus shelter

Mayor Hidalgo and Jean-Charles Decaux this week opened the first Parisian bus shelter to be fitted with a touch screen, in the presence of the STIF, the RATP and young designers of innovative digital services.

In an ambitious project aiming to transform the the city’s urban landscape, 2,000 Parisian passenger shelters have been modernised, expanded, and made accessible to all, demonstrating that Paris is well on its way to becoming a ‘city of tomorrow’.

Fifty years after the creation of the famous “Abribus” bus shelters in 1964, their concept has been reinvented and developed to offer modern, environmentally-friendly and accessible shelters for all Parisian public transport users. Over a period of three months, these shelters conceived by the City of Paris and designed by Marc Aurel, were gradually deployed in the Parisian public space by SOPACT, a subsidiary of JCDecaux made responsible for the shelters’ manufacturing, operation and maintenance by the Tender Commission of the City of Paris. The installation of these 2,000 new shelters at bus, shuttle and coach stops, as well as at taxi ranks, will continue until the summer.

What these new shelters offer:

  • An increased area of shelter due to their larger roofs, with a range of possible sizes based on the space available.
  • Facilitated access and movement within the shelter.
  • Improved bus stop poles, providing a visible signal from afar of the type of shelter (bus, tourist line, taxi, airport shuttle), with the waiting time visible from a distance, both day and night.
  • Tactile bus schedules as well as voice announcement systems are available for the blind and the visually impaired.
  • A backlit passenger information panel that can be read easily at night
  • A USB port for charging mobile phones
  • 100 shelters will be fitted with large wheelchair-accessible touch screens providing information and services
  • 100 shelters will be fitted with photovoltaic solar panels (contributing to the energy supply) and 50 with planted roofs
  • 35% of savings in electricity consumption compared to the previous models.
  • The establishment, operation and maintenance of the shelters are funded entirely through advertising.

32-inch touch screens will be available in 100 of the new shelters, providing localized services and information. A range of digital services offered by the City will be available, as well as others developed by the winners of a competition to test innovative touchscreen applications. This contest, launched in partnership with JCDecaux, will provide developers and businesses with a chance to showcase and test their applications on the screens for a trial period of one year. 11 applications have been selected for the first phase of the experimentation, and the City of Paris will be able to regularly change and enrich the content as these applications are phased into service.

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