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New bus shelters installed across Tucson

Posted at 10:30 PM, Sep 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-16 01:37:11-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) New shelters are popping up at bus stops across Tucson.

The Tucson Department of Transportation says 55 shelters are being installed to provide some shade and relief for bus riders.

Tom Fisher, a project manager for TDOT, says about one third of the new shelters are up and running.

The shelters are placed in areas where there tends to be high ridership, Fisher said. 

So far the project has cost about $500,000. Fisher says that comes from mostly federal money but also city funds.

Fisher says 45 of the bus stops did not have shelters, and 10 of them had old shelters that are being replaced. 

Every summer as it starts getting hotter, Fisher says they start getting feedback from riders that they need some shade while they wait for a ride. 

City officials say there are around 2,230 Sun Tran bus stops in the Tucson area, and about 1,800 are within city limits.

Almost half of all Sun Tran stops already have dedicated shelters.

In addition to the new shelters, there were 50 solar lights and 24 concrete shelter pads installed.