Brand new bus shelters are being rolled out by Auckland Transport, and while they look the part, commuters who contacted Hibiscus Matters say that, in most cases, the shelters they have replaced on the Coast were perfectly adequate.
The new shelters cost in the vicinity of $16,000 each, plus installation costs, according to a report presented at an AT board meeting in May 2015. Installation costs vary from around $5000 to $10,000 per shelter.
AT first put some design options for a rollout of new bus shelters before the public in 2014.
AT spokesperson James Ireland says that the shelters are part of the continuous AT Metro Renewals project.
At least 110 shelters will be installed across Auckland this financial year, around 20 of those on the Hibiscus Coast.
“Some shelters are no longer fit for purpose and the cost of maintenance of older shelters can be significant. It is better for AT to replace them rather than keep maintaining them, as this is cheaper in the long run and provides customers with better facilities,” he says.
He says all the shelters that get removed are assessed, and if they are still useable then AT Metro makes them available for use on cycling projects which are currently being built across Auckland. Most useable shelters will be used for bicycle storage at bus, rail and ferry park and ride facilities.
The shelters are described by AT as having “better weather protection, improved safety, solar powered lighting, the ability to incorporate local identity via art and “a more consistent user experience with better wayfinding”.
AT says a kit of parts will make maintenance easier and cheaper.
Bus shelters don’t come cheap