Chandler installing 22 new bus shelters

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Waiting for a bus in the Valley can sometimes be a sweltering experience so Chandler is doing something about it.

The city is installing 22 new shelters at some of its most heavily used bus stops. They will provide better shading and more seating than the typical shelter, according to city spokesman Jim Phipps.

Fourteen of the new bus shelters are 19 feet long and eight are 13 feet long.

The city plans to install up to three new shelters per week. The first was installed Oct. 17 at the northeast corner of Dobson Road and Chandler Boulevard.

The new shelters ranged in cost from approximately $11,000 to $18,000. Phipps said the money for the shelters came from Arizona Lottery Fund distributions, which can only be used for public transit purposes.

The old shelters will be relocated to bus stops that currently don't have shelters, which will help protect even more bus riders from the elements.

Phipps said Chandler saw bus ridership increase more than 20 percent over the past five fiscal years, from 871,000 boardings in FY 2009-'10 to more than 1 million boardings last fiscal year.

The city's busiest bus stop is located on the northeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue, averaging more than 300 boardings per weekday.