Palm Tran: New shelter and bench added at popular beach bus stop

Nov. 2, 2020
Palm Tran collaborates with local municipality to improve popular bus stop.

A new bus shelter along one of the most widely used routes in Palm Beach County, Fla,  is drawing the attention of potential riders. Palm Tran Public Transportation (Palm Tran) worked to have the infrastructure installed at its only bus stop located directly in front of a beach. 

“We want people to recognize that we offer service to one of South Florida’s greatest assets and attractions, the beach,” said Executive Director Clinton B. Forbes. “This new shelter provides protections from the elements as well as further beautifying the community.”

The city of Lake Worth Beach funded the new shelter as part of a collaborative effort with Palm Tran’s planning division. Director of Transit Planning Steve Anderson provided specifications that would best suit the needs of the stop based on ridership. In September, the stop at Lake Avenue and Ocean Boulevard had 1,221 boardings.

“We’re talking about one of our busiest routes through the pandemic, so the shelter needs to appear clean, spacious and have a safe space for disposal of PPE,” Anderson said. “We’re constantly analyzing customer feedback and that’s the direction we can help lead our local municipalities.”

The city of Lake Worth Beach owns the bus shelter and is in control of routine maintenance. The shelter features aluminum benches, a shade covering with an open air design that includes space for people to stand, and has an attached waste receptacle with a weather resistant powder coat.

Palm Tran will begin a robust shelter installation project throughout its system in 2021.

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