The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has begun installing the first of 600 new bus shelters in San Diego County.
The 600 shelters will replace the 450 shelters already in place throughout the county. MTS also has more than 1,800 bus stop benches assembled and ready for installation.
The first 50 shelters will be installed in the following locations:
- City Heights and College Area: 8
- Pacific Beach: 8
- Gaslamp Quarter, East Village and the Broadway Corridor: 16
- Southeast San Diego: 9
- San Ysidro and Otay mesa: 8
- Clairemont: 1
All shelters will be replaced within the next five years, and the cost of the replacement project will total $6.4 million. The new benches are expected to be in place in the next 12 months and will cost $1.5 million.
Shelter features include solar and LED lighting, trash and recycling receptacles, aluminum benches and a water-shedding roof design that keeps rain runoff from the front and side edges.
According to MTS, major capital investments accounted for the funding including $54 million toward new bus facilities in the South Bay and East County, and $660 million toward a five-year Trolley reconstruction project.
Both the shelters and benches are being built by Total Manufacturing, based in Corona.